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Disorderly conduct : visions of gender in Victorian America

Author: Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1986, ©1985.
Series: Galaxy book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This first collection of essays by Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, one of the leading historians of women, is a landmark in women's studies. Focusing on the "disorderly conduct" women and some men used to break away from the Victorian Era's rigid class and sex roles, it examines the dramatic changes in male-female relations, family structure, sex, social custom, and ritual that occurred as colonial America was transformed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
ISBN: 0195040392 9780195040395
OCLC Number: 14151702
Description: viii, 357 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Hearing women's words: a feminist reconstruction of history --
The female world of love and ritual: relations between women in nineteenth-century America --
Bourgeois discourse and the age of Jackson: an introduction --
Davy Crockett as trickster: pornography, liminality, and symbolic inversion in Victorian America --
Beauty, the beast, and the militant woman: a case study in sex roles and social stress in Jacksonian America --
The cross and the pedestal: women, anti-ritualism, and the emergence of the American Bourgeoisie --
Bourgeois discourse and the progressive era: an introduction --
Puberty to menopause: the cycle of femininity in nineteenth-century America --
The hysterical woman: sex roles and role conflict in nineteenth-century America --
The abortion movement and the AMA, 1850-1880 --
The new woman as androgyne: social disorder and gender crisis, 1870-1936.
Series Title: Galaxy book.
Responsibility: Carroll Smith-Rosenberg.

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This collection of essays explores the sweeping changes in male-female relations, in family structure, sex, and social custom that took place in 19th-century America as its colonial world was  Read more...

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