Victorian Women

ISBN-10: 0814766250

ISBN-13: 9780814766255

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joan Perkin

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"A useful and engaging book, one in which real voices are allowed to speak and to describe experience as being as squalid, muddled, painful and interesting as it generally is." Sunday Times "On individual examples Perkin is superb, not just on the great reformers but on the individual free-wheelers like Isabella Bird-Bishop, who set off at 40 to see the whole world and managed it." The Independent While the aristocratic women of the Victorian age have long preoccupied the popular imagination, seldom have women of other classes been granted a voice. Victorian Women is the first book to allow women of all classes to render their own lives, in their own words, from birth to old age, in the long nineteenth century between the French Revolution and the First World War. In letters, memoirs, and other contemporary sources these women describe their childhood and education; courtship, marriage and homemaking; sex and motherhood; marital breakdown; widowhood; and their pastimes and entertainments. Their voices, heretofore drowned by the cacophony of louder, often male versions of history, speak to us with clarity and poignancy, revealing strength of feeling, courage, and humor. We find in this book the unmarried woman worker, the single mother, the prostitute, as well as those who fought for professional recognition against the regiments of the church, government, and law.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Joan Perkin teaches women's history at Northwestern University. She is the author of It's Never Too late: A Practical Guide to Continuing Education for Women of all Ages, and Women and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century England.

Illustrations
Introduction
What Use Were Girls Anyway?: Class and the Importance of Gender
That Won't Earn a Gal a Living: Education for Girls
Thinking of England: Sex, Courtship and Marriage
Angels in the House: Marriage and Domestic Life
Time of Their Own: Women's Interests and Entertainments
Punch and Judy: Holy Deadlock, Separation and Divorce
Turning Their Industry to Best Account: Widowhood and Old Age
Making Their Own Way: The Lives of Unmarried Middle-Class Women
Cheap Labour: The Lives of Unmarried Working-Class Women
Obliged to be Breadwinners: The Lives of Married Women Workers
Ladies Bountiful: Philanthropic, Voluntary and Political Work
A Separate Species of Womanhood: The Demi-Monde
Conclusion: To Become Themselves
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