Women as Public Moralists in Britain: From the Bluestockings to Virginia Woolf - Royal Historical Society Studies in History v. 95 (Hardback)
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Women as Public Moralists in Britain: From the Bluestockings to Virginia Woolf - Royal Historical Society Studies in History v. 95 (Hardback)

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In nineteenth-century Britain, public debates about the nation's moral health and about men's and women's responsibility for it were shaped decisively by a tradition of female moralists. This book looks at the cultural criticism of eight of the most significant of these writers: Anna Jameson, Hannah Lawrance, Margaret Oliphant, Marian Evans ("George Eliot"), Eliza Lynn Linton, Beatrice Hastings, Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf, providing a detailed and compelling account of how their writing on history, literature and visual art changed contemporaries' understanding of the lessons to be drawn from each field at the same time as they contested and redefined contemporary understandings of masculinity and femininity. It recovers these moralists' understanding of themselves as part of a tradition of women of letters stretching from eighteenth-century bluestockings to their own time, and the growing consensus across the political range of periodicals that women's intellectual potential was equal to men's, and not determined by their sex. Benjamin Dabby is an independent historian.

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9780861933433
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 758 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


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While subtly examining the theoretical and rhetorical differences between women moralists, Dabby also sees what makes them part of a distinct and important line of thinkers who insisted on writing women as passive victims out of history and writing them back in as historical, intelligent agents. . . . [A]n important, interesting, deeply intelligent contribution to the field. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES Dabby's text firmly places women in the center of public debates about morality in Britain . . . [He] does an excellent job of creating the corpus of female moralists in Britain at the turn of the century. INSIGHTS: NOTES FROM THE COORDINATING COUNCIL OF WOMEN IN HISTORY An engaging and well-written book...Benjamin Dabby's scholarship both alters and enriches our understanding of the writers he examines. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT An altogether splendid piece of work. VICTORIAN WEB

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