The Serious Mrs Stopes: Gender, Writing and Scholarship in Late-Victorian Britain

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Title The Serious Mrs Stopes: Gender, Writing and Scholarship in Late-Victorian Britain
Author Green, Stephanie Ruth
Journal Name Nineteenth Century Gender Studies
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher University of Kentucky
Abstract Women operating as scholars and agents of social and cultural change in late-Victorian Britain succeeded through their persistence and active engagement in changing and contested social and cultural fields. This paper addresses aspects of the life and work of journalist, activist and scholar, Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (1841-1929). Specifically, the paper provides a discussion of correspondence from Constance and Oscar Wilde between 1888 and 1890, regarding Stopes' publication submissions to the Rational Dress Gazette and the Woman's World, and refers to the dialogics of voice, identity and authorship at work in this context. The view that the literary interventions of late nineteenth-century female writers – particularly writers of scholarly interpretation – were often positioned outside the established public sphere of letters and ideas, characterised as inconsequential (Robinson, xi), or in terms of 'threatening otherness' (Schwab, xi-xv) is also explored.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 5.3
Issue Number Winter 2009
Page from 1
Page to 16
ISSN 1556-7524
Date Accessioned 2010-02-20
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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