Victorian feminists /
Barbara Caine.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
xii, 284 p., [9] p. of plates : ill.
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [268]-278.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-05:
Another work on Victorian feminism might appear redundant, but Caine's study, although revisiting familiar ground and familiar individuals, does so on the basis of the most current historical and theoretical scholarship. Caine examines the connection between women's experiences and their analyses of women's oppression, and places both within the context of discursive practices that informed the Victorian era. Many of the themes she treats sexuality, the nature of femininity and masculinity, the question of equality versus difference are not new; they have been dealt with at length in a number of works, e.g., Philippa Levine's Victorian Feminism, 1850-1900 (London, 1987); David Rubenstein's Before the Suffragettes: Women's Emancipation in the 1890s (1986); Sandra Stanley Holton's Feminism and Democracy (CH, Jun'87); and Susan Kent's Sex and Suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 (CH, Nov'87), to cite just a few. Caine draws on a vast amount of secondary literature to make sense of the relationship between discourse and experience, and thus provides a mature synthetic treatment of an important topic in women's and British history. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. S. K. Kent; University of Florida
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Table of Contents
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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