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Tobin, Beth Fowkes

Overview
Works: 23 works in 96 publications in 1 language and 3,708 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art  Fiction  Bildungsromans  Didactic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Other
Classifications: PR3506.H94, 823.009355
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Most widely held works by Beth Fowkes Tobin
Superintending the poor : charitable ladies and paternal landlords in British fiction, 1770-1860 by Beth Fowkes Tobin( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History, gender & eighteenth-century literature( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At once feminist and historical, the essays in History, Gender, and Eighteenth-Century Literature draw on culture, history, and gender as categories of analysis to explore British literature. From a variety of critical angles, the contributors to this volume contend that a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances and conditions of women's and men's lives is vital to the task of literary criticism. The texts under consideration range from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries, from popular and subliterary genres, such as conduct books and agricultural manuals, to works by such canonical writers as Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, Henry Fielding, Frances Burney, and Jane Austen. Providing models that will encourage feminists to turn to history and culture in their analyses of literary texts, these essays explore the cultural and historical specificity of ideas about women and men, their roles, and their "nature" as manifested in literature. Among the topics discussed are the ways in which texts create gendered subjectivities and promote the production of masculine and feminine spheres of activity; the use of more traditional historical methods aimed at rediscovering women's lived experience; the economic and political forces that shape women's lives; the legal foundations of women's powerlessness; the representation of the body; and violations of gender categories. A central tenet of feminist criticism in recent years has been the conviction that gender must be understood not just in biological terms but also in its fuller sense as a social and cultural construct. This assumption leads to the awareness that the conditions shaping women's experience - and the construction of gender - are constantly shifting. It is this challenge that the essays in History, Gender, and Eighteenth-Century Literature explore. "We must recognize historical difference," writes Beth Fowkes Tobin, "because with this understanding will come the recognition that as women, as writers, and as readers, we are constituted by our society, and upon this recognition depends our liberation."
Picturing imperial power : colonial subjects in eighteenth-century British painting by Beth Fowkes Tobin( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonizing nature : the tropics in British arts and letters, 1760-1820 by Beth Fowkes Tobin( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With its control of sugar plantations in the Caribbean and tea, cotton, and indigo production in India, Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries dominated the global economy of tropical agriculture. In Colonizing Nature, Beth Fowkes Tobin shows how dominion over "the tropics" as both a region and an idea became central to the way in which Britons-imagined their role in the world." "Just as mastery of tropical nature, and especially its potential for agricultural productivity, became key concepts in the formation of British imperial identity, Colonizing Nature suggests that intellectual and visual mastery of the tropics - through the creation of art and literature - accompanied material appropriations of land, labor, and natural resources. Tobin convincingly argues that the depictions of tropical plants, gardens, and landscapes that circulated in the British imagination provide a key to understanding the forces that shaped the British Empire."--Jacket
Material women, 1750-1950 : consuming desires and collecting practices( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing a cross-cultural perspective on consumption, this volume builds upon and complicates the idea that consumption, as a form of meaning making, is key to the construction of gendered, classed, and national identities
Women and the material culture of needlework and textiles, 1750-1950( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rejecting traditional notions of what constitutes art, this book brings together essays on a variety of fiber arts to recoup women's artistic practices by redefining what counts as art. Although scholars over the last twenty years have turned their attention to fiber arts, redefining the conditions, practices, and products as art, there is still much work to be done to deconstruct the stubborn patriarchal art/craft binary. With essays on a range of fiber art practices, including embroidery, knitting, crocheting, machine stitching, rug making, weaving, and quilting, this collection contributes to the ongoing scholarly redefinition of women's relationship to creative activity. Focusing on women as producers of cultural products and creators of social value, the contributors treat women as active subjects and problematize their material practices and artifacts in the complex world of textiles. Each essay also examines the ways in which needlework both performs gender and, in turn, constructs gender. Moreover, in concentrating on and theorizing material practices of textiles, these essays reorient the study of fiber arts towards a focus on process - the making of the object, including the conditions under which it was made, by whom, and for what purpose - as a way to rethink the fiber arts as social praxis."--Jacket
Women and things, 1750-1950 : gendered material strategies( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reframing the scholarship on women and material culture, this volume explores how women from widely different times and places made meaning, and formed identities, through the materials they created and consumed, with focus on the fiber arts, consumption and collecting, and the production of material objects
The materiality of color : the production, circulation, and application of dyes and pigments, 1400-1800( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although much has been written on the aesthetic value of color, there are other values that adhere to it with economic and social values among them. Through case studies of particular colors and colored objects, this volume demonstrates just how complex the history of color is by focusing on the diverse social and cultural meanings of color; the trouble, pain, and suffering behind the production and application of these colors; the difficult technical processes for making and applying color; and the intricacy of commercial exchanges and knowledge transfers as commodities and techniques moved from one region to another. By emphasizing color's materiality, the way in which it was produced, exchanged, and used by artisans, artists, and craftspersons, contributors draw attention to the disjuncture between the beauty of color and the blood, sweat, and tears that went into its production, circulation, and application as well as to the complicated and varied social meanings attached to color within specific historical and social contexts. This book captures color's global history with chapters on indigo plantations in India and the American South, cochineal production in colonial Oaxaca, the taste for brightly colored Chinese objects in Europe, and the thriving trade in vermilion between Europeans and Native Americans. To underscore the complexity of the technical knowledge behind color production, there are chapters on the 'discovery' of Prussian blue, Brazilian feather technique, and wallpaper production. To sound the depths of color's capacity for social and cultural meaning-making, there are chapters that explore the significance of black ink in Shakespeare's sonnets, red threads in women's needlework samplers, blues in Mayan sacred statuary, and greens and yellows in colored glass bracelets that were traded across the Arabian desert in the late Middle Ages
The history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Fowler Haywood( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lively, pretty young orphan with a large fortune, Miss Betsy Thoughtless is courted by several eligible suitors. Enjoying their adoration, she dallies with their affections and postpones marriage. Her flirtatiousness, however, alienates the right man, and scares her guardian into marrying her off to a brutish husband. This is one of the first novels (1751) to depict a heroine questioning the sexual double standard and institution of marriage."--Publisher's description
Women and the material culture of death( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining the compelling and often poignant connection between women and the material culture of death, this collection focuses on the objects women make, the images they keep, the practices they use or are responsible for, and the places they inhabit and construct through ritual and custom. Womens material practices, ranging from wearing mourning jewelry to dressing the dead, stitching memorial samplers to constructing skull boxes, collecting funeral programs to collecting and studying diseased hearts, making and collecting taxidermies, and making sculptures honoring the death, are explored in this collection as well as womens affective responses and sentimental labor that mark their expected and unexpected participation in the social practices surrounding death and the dead. The largely invisible work involved in commemorating and constructing narratives and memorials about the dead-from family members and friends to national figures-calls attention to the role women as memory keepers for families, local communities, and the nation. Women have tended to work collaboratively, making, collecting, and sharing objects that conveyed sentiments about the deceased, whether human or animal, as well as the identity of mourners. Death is about loss, and many of the mourning practices that women have traditionally and are currently engaged in are about dealing with private grief and public loss as well as working to mitigate the more general anxiety that death engenders about the impermanence of life
Women and material culture( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reframing the scholarship on women and material culture, this three-volume set explores how women from widely different times and places made meaning, and formed identities, through the materials they created and consumed. The volumes focus on the fiber arts, consumption and collecting, and the production of material objects
The materiality of color 1400-1800 : the production, circulation, and application of dyes and pigments by Andrea Feeser( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teaching the eighteenth century : three courses( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native land and foreign desire : William Penn's treaty with the Indians by Beth Fowkes Tobin( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Aiding impoverished gentlewomen : power and class in "Emma" by Beth Fowkes Tobin( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Pacific artifacts, Cook's voyages, and the question of value by Beth Fowkes Tobin( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Mansfield Park", Hannah More, and the evangelical redefinition of virtue by Beth Fowkes Tobin( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Imperial designs by Beth Fowkes Tobin( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Women, the clergy, and the battle for the superintendency of the poor by Beth Fowkes Tobin( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Superintending the poor : charitable ladies and paternal landlords in British fiction, 1770-1860
Alternative Names
Fowkes Tobin, Beth 1950-

Tobin, Beth F.

Tobin, Beth Fowkes

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Picturing imperial power : colonial subjects in eighteenth-century British paintingColonizing nature : the tropics in British arts and letters, 1760-1820Material women, 1750-1950 : consuming desires and collecting practicesWomen and the material culture of needlework and textiles, 1750-1950Women and things, 1750-1950 : gendered material strategiesThe history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless