The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing

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Cobbe, Frances Power

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Frances Power Cobbe (1822–1904) was an acclaimed Anglo-Irish journalist whose exploration of sexual difference and focus on women’s private lives has made her ideas newly appealing to twenty-first-century readers. As a journalist and writer for the established press, Cobbe did not figure prominently in the histories of nineteenth-century feminism that first brought its ideas and people to light as part of the political and intellectual excitement of twentieth-century “second-wave” feminism. Transformed scholarly frameworks that vigorously reshaped twenty-first-century feminist history-making, revitalized interest in the Victorian Woman Question, and generated new approaches to the Victorian periodical and newspaper press have reframed our understanding of her significance in important ways. She is now understood as a writer whose distinctive, spirited style and compelling ideas are an integral part of our understanding of nineteenth-century feminism, journalism, and reform.



Feminism Journalism Woman question Periodical press Activism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More College, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada