Abstract

Abstract:

This article considers the ways Sarah Grand and George Egerton engaged eugenic discourse in their writing, rhetorically molding the ideology to promote their individual perspectives on women’s sexuality, marriage, and the birthing of children. The argument contextualizes the growing eugenics movement in England, expands Angelique Richardson’s contention that New Woman writers engaged with eugenics as a means to advocate for social reform, and then analyzes often underexplored short texts by Grand and Egerton, to demonstrate how both women commented on and contributed to the shaping of late-Victorian eugenic theory. By explicating the connections they forge between eugenics and women’s roles as wives and mothers of future generations, we see that Victorian women writers actively deployed eugenic thought in their writing to argue for increased social recognition as “rational” mate selectors and to raise questions regarding gender inequality within the institution of marriage and society. [144 words]

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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-2715
Print ISSN
0013-8339
Pages
pp. 371-390
Launched on MUSE
2019-04-17
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived
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