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Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, edited by Lana L. Dalley and Jill Rappoport, showcases the wide-ranging economic activities and relationships of real and fictional women in nineteenth-century British culture. This volume’s essays chronicle the triumphs and setbacks of women who developed, described, contested, and exploited new approaches to economic thought and action. In their various roles as domestic employees, activists fighting for free trade, theorists developing statistical models, and individuals considering the cost of marriage and its dissolution, the women discussed here were givers and takers, producers and consumers. Bringing together leading and emerging voices in the field, this collection builds on the wealth of interdisciplinary economic criticism published in the last twenty years, but it also challenges traditional understandings of economic subjectivity by emphasizing both private and public records and refusing to identify a single female corollary to Economic Man. The scholars presented here recover game-changing stories of women’s economic engagement from diaries, letters, ledgers, fiction, periodicals, and travel writing to reveal a nuanced portrait of Economic Women. Offering new readings of works by George Eliot, Bram Stoker, Willkie Collins, Charlotte Riddell, and Ellen Wood, and addressing political economy, consumerism, and business developments alongside family finances and the ethics of exchange, Economic Women tells a story of ambivalence as well as achievement, failure as well as forward motion.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Introducing Economic Women
  2. Lana L. Dalley and Jill Rappoport
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1. The Ethics of Exchange
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. Gentry, Gender and the Moral Economy during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Provincial England
  2. Kathryn Gleadle
  3. pp. 25-40
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  1. 2. Women, Free Trade, and Harriet Martineau's Dawn Island at the 1845 Anti-Corn Law League Bazaar
  2. Lesle Thorne-Murphy
  3. pp. 41-59
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  1. 3. Sacrificial Value: Beyond the Cash Nexus in George Eliot's Romola
  2. Ilana M. Blumberg
  3. pp. 60-74
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  1. Part 2. Political Economy
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 4. Florence Nightingale's Contributions to Economics
  2. Mary Poovey
  3. pp. 77-96
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  1. 5. The Cost of Everything in Middlemarch
  2. Gordon Bigelow
  3. pp. 97-109
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  1. 6. Demand and Desire in Dracula
  2. Deanna K. Kreisel
  3. pp. 110-124
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  1. Part 3. Financing the Family
  2. pp. 125-126
  1. 7. "A pauper every wife is:" Lady Westmeath, Money, Marriage and Divorce in Early Nineteenth-Century England
  2. Janette Rutterford
  3. pp. 127-142
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  1. 8. Marriage, Celibacy, or Emigration?: Debating the Costs of Family Life in Mid-Victorian England
  2. Erika Rappaport
  3. pp. 143-161
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  1. 9. "Absolutely Miss Fairlie's own:" Emasculating Economics in The Woman in White
  2. Esther Godfrey
  3. pp. 162-176
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  1. Part 4. Women's Business
  2. pp. 177-178
  1. 10. "She'd give her two ears to know:" The Gossip Economy in Ellen Wood's St. Martin's Eve
  2. Tara MacDonald
  3. pp. 179-192
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  1. 11. Charlotte Riddell: Novelist of "The City"
  2. Nancy Henry
  3. pp. 193-205
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  1. 12. A "Formidable" Business: British Women Travelers in the Colonial Medical Market
  2. Narin Hassan
  3. pp. 206-218
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  1. Afterword - And Forward: Economic Women in Their Time, Our Time, and the Future
  2. Regenia Gagnier
  3. pp. 219-224
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-238
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. BC-BC
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271193
Related ISBN
9780814212363
MARC Record
OCLC
870684347
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2014-02-18
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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