Intersections of Gender, Class, and Race in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond

  • Barbara Leonardi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Barbara Leonardi
    Pages 1-13
  3. Unconventional Mothers of the Nation

  4. Gender, Class, and the Nation

  5. Gender, Race, and the Empire

  6. Undoing Hegemonic and Military Masculinities

  7. Undoing the Heteronormative Family

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 321-328

About this book


This book explores the intersections of gender with class and race in the construction of national and imperial ideologies and their fluid transformation from the Romantic to the Victorian period and beyond, exposing how these cultural constructions are deeply entangled with the family metaphor. For example, by examining the re-signification of the “angel in the house” and the deviant woman in the context of unstable or contingent masculinities and across discourses of class and nation, the volume contributes to a more nuanced understanding of British cultural constructions in the long nineteenth century. The central idea is to unearth the historical roots of the family metaphor in the construction of national and imperial ideologies, and to uncover the interests served by its specific discursive formation. The book explores both male and female stereotypes, enabling a more perceptive comparison, enriched with a nuanced reflection on the construction and social function of class.



Nineteenth century literature Gender in nineteenth century Race in nineteenth century class in nineteenth century British cultural constructions Victorian masculinity and culture Victorian motherhood and maternity Family

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Leonardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarLondonUK

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