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Victorian Feminists : Clarendon Paperbacks - Barbara Caine

Victorian Feminists

Clarendon Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 27th May 1993
ISBN: 9780198204336
Number Of Pages: 358

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This is a study of Victorian feminism which focuses on four leading feminists: Emily Davies, Frances Power Cobbe,Josephine Butler, and Millicent Garrett Fawcett. This approach enables Barbara Caine to uncover the range, diversity, and complexity of Victorian feminism, and to examine the relationship between personal experience and feminist commitment. Professor Caine sets her carefully researched biographical studies of the four women, each with her own fascinating history, in the context of the Victorian feminist movement. She explores the ideas and strategies of feminists in the late nineteenth century, analysing the tensions which arose as they sought to achieve their aims. In particular, she traces the complex relationship between party politics and feminist commitment. Barbara Caine's insight into the vision and beliefs of these Victorian feminists is balanced by her scholarly understanding of the society within which they worked. She gives us vivid and perceptive portraits of four very different individuals, who nevertheless shared a commitment to improving the lot of women.

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`In Victorian Feminists, Caine provides a strikingly revisionist account of Victorian feminism which reflects recent trends in feminism. Caine uses a wide range of research material, including the unpublished papers of the women she studies, in a thought-provoking and well-written account that should be the starting point for any future study on any aspect of Victorian feminism.' Magill's Literary Annual 1993 'a mature synthetic treatment of an important topic in women's and British history' S.K. Kent, University of Florida, Choice, May '93 'Barbara Caine deserves crdit for acknowledging what most feminists don't: that "women's history" was being written before 1970. Her collective biography Victorian Feminists draws on a substantial bibliography of works published since the 1920s.' Jonathan Rose, Drew University, Victorian REview, Vol. 19, No. 1, Summer 1993 'The strength of Caine's study lies in its portrayal of Victorian feminism as a complex web of differing and often opposing ideas working towards improving the lot of women.' Lori Williamson, University of Toronto, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario Newsletter, No. 54, Fall 1994

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Feminism and the Woman Question in Early Victorian Englandp. 18
Emily Daviesp. 54
Frances Power Cobbep. 103
Josephine Butlerp. 150
Millicent Garrett Fawcettp. 196
Victorian Feminism and After: The 1890s and Beyondp. 239
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780198204336
ISBN-10: 0198204337
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 27th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 14.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44

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