Abstract

Abstract:

Victorian anthropology of marriage was both an object of twentieth- and twenty-first-century feminist scholarship and an antecedent of the feminist theories that informed that scholarship. This essay considers three different feminist approaches to nineteenth-century theories about sexual and social relations. Rosalind Coward (1983), Talia Schaffer (2017), and Elizabeth Grosz (2011) present us with three very different ways of thinking about the relationship between present and past theories about sexual and social relations. Their readings of Victorians like Henry Maine, John McLennan, Lewis Henry Morgan, and Charles Darwin complicate the question of what it means for a theory to be "from" or "about: the nineteenth century, and of what it means to historicize theory and theorize history.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0342
Print ISSN
0011-1589
Pages
pp. 443-459
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-05
Open Access
No
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