© 2002

Radical Writing on Women, 1800–1850

An Anthology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 1-18
  3. Defining the Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-25
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 26-41
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 42-51
  4. Female Roles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-60
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 61-76
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 77-95
    4. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 96-107
  5. Marriage, Sexuality and the Female Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-116
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 117-128
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 129-141
    4. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 142-152
  6. Political Rights and Public Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-158
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 175-192
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-239

About this book


Nudism, playgroups, pre-marital agreements, male breast-feeding - these are just some of the startling proposals for women's emancipation discovered in this unique anthology. A fascinating collection, it brings together the many diverse political extents of early nineteenth-century British feminism, as well as representing the works of literary figures such as Shelley, Tennyson and the Brontes. Complete with an extensive bibliography, biographical index and illuminating contextualization, it will provide an invaluable tool for scholars and students of feminism, women's history, and early nineteenth-century literature.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.London Guildhall UniversityUK

About the authors

KATHRYN GLEADLE is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at London Guildhall University. She has written widely on nineteenth-century women and politics. Her previous publications include The Early Feminists (with Sarah Richardson), Women in British Politics, 1760-1860, The Power of the Petticoat and British Women in the Nineteenth Century.

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'This is a rich and wide-ranging anthology which explores the continuing debate about the situation of women in Britain after 1800...a significant contribution to our knowledge of the variety and interest of feminist discussion in the period. This collection should go far to inform, stimulate, entertain and prompt further research.' - Dr Jane Rendell, Senior Lecturer in History, University of York