Conduct Books in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Feminist Revisions - Essay

Linda H. Peterson (essay date 1990)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Peterson, Linda H. “Harriet Martineau's Household Education: Revising the Feminine Tradition.” Bucknell Review 34, no. 2 (1990): 183-94.

[In the following essay, Peterson suggests that Martineau's Household Education is an important radical work for its dismissal of differences in the educational needs of girls and boys, and for its suggestion that male-dominated public schools are unnecessary and that education is best done at home, giving girls increased opportunity to be instructed and women increased opportunity to instruct.]

Beginning in 1846, Harriet Martineau published two series of articles in a short-lived magazine called The...

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Susan Hamilton (essay date 2002)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hamilton, Susan. “‘A Crisis in Woman's History’: Frances Power Cobbe's Duties of Women and the Practice of Everyday Feminism.” Women's History Review 11, no. 4 (2002): 577-93.

[In the following essay, Hamilton suggests that Cobbe's Duties of Women instructs women to practice feminism appropriately in everyday life, and to display courage and self-reliance while remaining dutifully conscientious, unselfish, temperate, and chaste.]

In 1881, thirteen years before the New Woman made her official appearance, and over twenty years before the advent of militant feminist tactics, Frances Power Cobbe looked at the women's movement around her, and...

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