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How to Make it as a Woman : Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present - A. Booth

How to Make it as a Woman

Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present

By: A. Booth

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780226065465
Number Of Pages: 424

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How to Make It as a Woman outlines the history of prosopography or group biography, focusing on the all-female collections that took hold in nineteenth-century Britain and America. The queens, nurses, writers, reformers, adventurers, even assassins in these collective female biographies served as models to guide the moral development of young women. But often these famous historical women presented untrustworthy examples.

Beginning in the fifteenth century with Christine de Pizan, Alison Booth traces the long tradition of this genre, investigating the varied types and stories most often grouped together in illustrated books designed for entertainment and instruction. She claims that these group biographies have been instrumental in constructing modern subjectivities as well as relations among classes, races, and nations.

From Joan of Arc to Virginia Woolf, Booth examines a host of models of womanhood—both bad and good. Incorporating a bibliography that includes more than 900 all-female collections published in English between 1830 and 1940, Booth uses collective biographies to decode the varied advice on how to make it as a woman.

About the Author

Alison Booth is professor of literature at the University of Virginia. She is author of Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf and editor of Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure.

List of Illustrations
Note on References
Introduction: Of Prosopography and Collective Biographies of Women
Self-Help History: Presenting Models of Womanhood
Heads Turn, Heads Roll: Heroic Types from Judith to Clara Barton
How to Minister as a Woman: The Likes of Elizabeth Fry, Mary Carpenter, Dorothea Dix, and the Three Mrs. Judsons
The Lessons of the Medusa: Anna Jameson and Mutual Multibiography
The World's Fair Women; or, Racial Progress in the Nineteenth Century
Writing Women's Lives, Revisited: Virginia Woolf and the Missing Canons of Biography
Our Queen Victoria: Feminist Prosopography
Bibliography of Collective Biographies of Women, 18301940
Appendix to Bibliography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226065465
ISBN-10: 0226065464
Series: Women in Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 16.46  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2