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Other Mothers, edited by Ellen Bayuk Rosenman and Claudia C. Klaver, offers a range of essays that open a conversation about Victorian motherhood as a wide-ranging, distinctive experience and idea. In spite of its importance, however, it is one of the least-studied aspects of the Victorian era, subsumed under discussions of femininity and domesticity. This collection addresses this void, revealing the extraordinary diversity of Victorian motherhood. Exploring diaries, novels, and court cases, with contexts ranging from London to Egypt to Australia, these varied accounts take the collection “beyond the maternal ideal” to consider the multiple, unpredictable ways in which motherhood was experienced and imagined in this formative historical period. Other Mothers joins revisionist approaches to femininity that now characterize Victorian studies. Its contents trace intersections among gender, race, and class; question the power of separate spheres ideology; and insist on the context-specific nature of social roles. The fifteen essays in this volume contribute to the fields of literary criticism, history, cultural studies, and history.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  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. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Claudia C. Klaver, Ellen Bayuk Rosenman
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1. Beyond the Maternal Ideal
  2. p. 23
  1. 1. "How to Be a Domestic Goddess" Redux
  2. Deirdre d’Albertis
  3. pp. 25-35
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  1. 2. "Long, Long Disappointment:" Maternal Failure and Masculine Exhaustion in Margaret Oliphant's Autobiography
  2. Laura Green
  3. pp. 36-54
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  1. 3. "Bland, Adoring, and Gently Tearful Women:" Debunking the Maternal Ideal in George Eliot's Felix Holt
  2. Heather Milton
  3. pp. 55-74
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  1. 4. Elderly Mothers and Middle-Aged Daughters in Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son
  2. Teresa Mangum
  3. pp. 75-98
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  1. Part 2. "Bad Mothers:" Caretaking, Class, and Maternal Violence
  2. p. 99
  1. 5. Unvorgiven: Drunken Mothers in Hesba Stretton's Religious Tract Society and Scottish Temperance League Fiction
  2. Deborah Denenholz Morse
  3. pp. 101-124
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  1. 6. Infant Doping and Middle-Class Motherhood: Opium Warnings and Charlotte Yonge's The Daisy Chain
  2. Dara Rossman Regaignon
  3. pp. 125-144
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  1. 7. Motherhood on Trial: Violence and Unwed Mothers in Victorian England
  2. Ginger Frost
  3. pp. 145-162
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  1. 8. A Murdering Mother: Francess Knorr
  2. Frances Knorr
  3. pp. 163-178
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  1. Part 3. Maternity and Difference: Nation, Race, and Empire
  2. p. 179
  1. 9. "My Own Dear Sons:" Discursive Maternity and Proper British Bodies in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
  2. Deirdre H. McMahon
  3. pp. 181-201
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  1. 10. Conceiving the Nation: Visions and Versions of Colonial Prenatality
  2. Deirdre Osborne
  3. pp. 202-226
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  1. 11. Orphan Stories and Maternal Legacies in Charlotte Brone
  2. Mary Jean Corbett
  3. pp. 227-247
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  1. 12. Distance Mothering and the "Cradle Lands:" Imperial Motherhood and Lady Duff Gordon's Letters from Egypt
  2. Cara Murray
  3. pp. 248-267
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  1. Part 4. The Maternal Body
  2. p. 269
  1. 13. The Text as Child: Gender/Sex and Metaphors of Maternity at the Fin de Siecle
  2. Bre nda R. Weber
  3. pp. 271-290
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  1. 14. The Wildest Lap: Fatness, Fasting, and Nurturance in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
  2. Lillian E. Craton
  3. pp. 291-312
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  1. 15. Mother Love: Edith Simcox, Maternity, and Lesbian Erotics
  2. Ellen Bayuk Rosenman
  3. pp. 313-334
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 335-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-348
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271827
Related ISBN
9780814202869
MARC Record
OCLC
1083083587
Pages
348
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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