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Mothers and daughters in nineteenth-century America : the biosocial construction of femininity /
Nancy M. Theriot.
edition
[Rev. ed.].
imprint
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1996.
description
226 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0813108586 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1996.
isbn
0813108586 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Rev. ed. of: The biosocial construction of femininity, 1988.
catalogue key
1523970
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [184]-219) and index.
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"A significant contribution to our understanding of white middle-class women in the 1800s.-- American Studies" -- American Studies
"Theriot's work is readable, well-researched, and thoroughly interdisciplinary." -- JASAT
"This book is outstanding for its discussion of how women interpreted their experience through the media of medical texts, autobiographies, and woman-to-woman advice writing." -- The Reader's Review
"This book is outstanding for its discussion of how women interpreted their experience through the media of medical texts, autobiographies, and woman-to-woman advice writing.-- The Reader's Review" -- The Reader's Review
"A significant contribution to our understanding of white middle-class women in the 1800s." --
"A significant contribution to our understanding of white middle-class women in the 1800s." -- American Studies
"Theriot's work is readable, well-researched, and thoroughly interdisciplinary.-- JASAT" -- JASAT
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The feminine script of the early nineteenth century centered on women's role as patient, long-suffering mothers. By mid-century, however, their daughters faced a world very different in social and economic options and in the physical experiences surrounding their bodies. In this groundbreaking study, Nancy Theriot turns to social and medical history, developmental psychology and feminist theory to explain the fundamental shift in women's concepts of femininity and gender identity during the course of the century - from an ideal of suffering womanhood to emphasis on female control of the physical self. Theriot argues that social psychological theories, recent work in literary criticism, and new philosophical work on subjectivities provide helpful lenses for viewing mothers and children and for connecting socioeconomic change and ideological change. Within this methodological perspective, she reads medical texts and woman-authored advice literature and autobiographies, relating the early nineteenth-century notion of "true womanhood" to the socioeconomic and somatic realities of middle-class women's lives, particularly to their experience of the new male obstetrics.
Main Description
The feminine script of early nineteenth century centered on women's role as patient, long-suffering mothers. By mid-century, however, their daughters faced a world very different in social and economic options and in the physical experiences surrounding their bodies. In this groundbreaking study, Nancy Theriot turns to social and medical history, developmental psychology, and feminist theory to explain the fundamental shift in women's concepts of femininity and gender identity during the course of the century -- from an ideal suffering womanhood to emphasis on female control of physical self. Theriot argues that social psychological theories, recent work in literary criticism, and new philosophical work on subjectivities provide helpful lenses for viewing mothers and children and for connecting socioeconomic change and ideological change. Within this methodological perspective, she reads medical texts and women-authored advice literature and autobiographies, relating the early nineteenth-century notion of "true womanhood" to the socioeconomic and somatic realities of the meddle-class woman's lives, particularly to their experience of the new male obstetrics. This provocative study invites women historians to explore alternative explanatory frameworks.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Revised Edition
Introduction: Investigating Identities and Experience from a Generational Perspectivep. 1
"Imperial Motherhood" and Its Material Rootsp. 17
The Physical Roots of Ideologyp. 40
Acculturation into "True Womanhood"p. 62
Daughters' Brave New Worldp. 77
The "Green Sickness" and Daughters' Ambivalencep. 101
A New Feminine Synthesisp. 114
Notesp. 137
Bibliographyp. 184
Indexp. 220
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