Fixing Patriarchy

Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists

  • Authors
  • Donald E. Hall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction Female Trouble: Nineteenth-Century Feminism and a Literature of Threat

  3. The 1840s

  4. The 1850s

  5. The 1860s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Donald E. Hall
      Pages 175-195
    3. Donald E. Hall
      Pages 196-211
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-236

About this book


Fixing Patriarchy: Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists explores representations of monstrous women in mid-Victorian literature, tracing anxious male responses to the feminist movement of the era. It argues that Victorian patriarchy was a fluid theory and set of practices through which Victorian men attempted unsuccessfully to fix gender definitions and their own positions of power. In Victorian novels written by men, the thorough instability of contemporary conceptions of both masculinity and femininity is revealed, as an entire society struggled with new forms of self-awareness and new threats to traditional social structures and systems of belief.


Anthony Collins anxiety concept discourse English literature expectation feminism gender John Locke literature novel society Tennyson Victorian era women

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