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Annas, Julia. "Mill and the Subjection of Women." Philosophy 52, No. 200 (April 1977): 179-94.

Presents a close reading of Mill's The Subjection of Women. Highlights inner inconsistencies in its arguments, attributing these to Mill's vacillation between reformist and radical approaches to the women's question.

Caine, Barbara. "John Stuart Mill and the English Women's Movement." Historical Studies 18, No. 70 (April 1978): 52-67.

Examines Mill's relationship with the women's movements in nineteenth-century England and highlights the gap between Mill's theoretical insistence on women's equality and his actual domineering relationship with the women in these movements.

Carlisle, Janice. John Stuart Mill and the Writing of Character. Athens: The University of Georgia, 1991, 333 p.

Examines Mill's perception of his works as a direct embodiment of his "nature" as a person in the context of the nineteenth-century emphasis on a link between "writing" and "character."

Gray, John. Mill on Liberty: A Defence. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983, 143 p.

Focuses on Mill's doctrine of liberty to emphasize its coherence and to argue that by developing a utilitarian theory of justice and moral rights, Mill expanded the boundaries of Benthamism to create an indirect utilitarianism.

Griffin, Andrew. "The Interior Garden and John Stuart Mill." In Nature and the Victorian Imagination, edited by U. C. Knoepflmacher and G. B. Tennyson, pp. 171-86. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.

Analyzes Mill's Autobiography in the context of the Victorian tradition of creating interiorized landscapes as gardens of feelings sheltered from the world of action and commerce in the surrounding city.

Griffiths, A. Phillips, ed. Of Liberty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983, 233 p.

Collection of essays tracing the development of Mill's concept of liberty and analyzing its contemporary relevance.

Laine, Michael, ed. A Cultivated Mind: Essays on J. S. Mill Presented to John M. Robson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991, 281 p.

Collection of essays that range from biographical studies focusing on various influences on Mill's life and thought, to analyses of Mill's liberalism and utilitarianism in philosophical and political terms.

McDonnell, James. "Success and Failure: A Rhetorical Study of the First Two Chapters of Mill's Autobiography." University of Toronto Quarterly 45, No. 2 (Winter 1976): 109-22.

Analyzes the emotive content of Mill's Autobiography to counteract the prevalent view of the work as a dry, purely intellectual account of Mill's philosophical development.

Robson, John M. The Improvement of Mankind: The Social and Political Thought of John Stuart Mill. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1968, 292 p.

Analysis of Mill's philosophy with emphasis on its unity as a coherent system of thought that privileged practicality over abstract theory and combined utilitarianism with a focus on the individual.

——and Michael Laine, eds. James and John Stuart Mill: Papers of the Centenary Conference. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976, 162 p.

Collection of essays focusing on the contributions of James and John Stuart Mill to social and political philosophy both in an historical context and in terms of their contemporary relevance.

Sharpless, F. Parvin. The Literary Criticism of John Stuart Mill. The Hague: Mouton, 1967.

Analyzes Mill's literary criticism in order to investigate his attitude toward literature and to examine his effort to reconcile literature's emotive appeal with the intellectual emphasis of utilitarianism.

Strasser, Mark. The Moral Philosophy of John Stuart Mill: Toward Modifications of Contemporary Utilitarianism. Wakefield, New Hampshire: Longwood Academic, 1991, 285 p.

A philosophical study of Mill's utilitarianism and his moral theory focusing on the role of conscience in Mill's reconciliation of the concept of utility with individual rights.

Tulloch, Gail. Mill and Sexual Equality. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Reinner Publishers, Inc., 1989, 212 p.

Traces the development of Mill's liberal feminism, especially in his Subjection of Women, in the context of his other social and philosophical writings.

Wilson, Fred. Psychological Analysis and the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990, 390 p.

A study of the theory of classical psychology as it occurs in the works of James and John Stuart Mill, in theoretical terms as well as in its application to the economic and moral philosophy of the utilitarians.

Additional coverage of Mill's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, 1832-1890; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 55; Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 11.

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