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Infidel Feminism: Secularism, Religion and Women's Emancipation, England 1830-1914 (Gender in History)


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Infidel Feminism is the first in-depth study of a distinctive brand of women's rights that emerged out of the Victorian Secularist movement. It looks at the lives and work of a number of female activists, whose renunciation of religion shaped their struggle for emancipation. Anti-religious or secular ideas were fundamental to the development of feminist thought, but have, until now, been almost entirely passed over in the historiography of the Victorian and Edwardian women's movement. In uncovering an important tradition of Freethinking feminism, this book reveals an ongoing radical and free love current connecting Owenite feminism with the more "respectable" post-1850 women's movement and the "New Women" of the early twentieth century. This book will be invaluable to both scholars and students of social and cultural history and feminist thought, and to interdisciplinary studies of religion and secularization, as well as those interested in the history of women's movements more broadly.

About the Author

Laura Schwartz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Freethinking Feminists: Women in the Freethought Movement2. Counter-Conversions: Freethinking Feminists and the Renunciation of Religion 3. Preachers of Truth: Women's Activism in the Secularist Movement4. Infidel Feminism: Feminism in the Freethought Movement5. Freethinking Feminists and the Women's Movement 6. Freethought and Free Love? Marriage, Birth Control and Sexual Morality Conclusion Select BibliographyIndex

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Schwartz, Laura
Manchester University Press
Europe - General
Europe - Great Britain
Women's Studies
World History-England General
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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