Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll.

Disorderly conduct : visions of gender in Victorian America / Carroll Smith-Rosenberg. - New York : Oxford University Press, 1986, c1985. - viii, 357 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. - A Galaxy book ; GB 820 . - Galaxy book. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-349) and index.

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.

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 by rapid industrialization. Included are two now classic essays on gender relations in 19th-century America, "The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations Between Women in Nineteenth-Century America" and "The New Woman as Androgyne: Social Order and Gender Crisis, 1870-1936," as well as Smith-Rosenberg's more recent work, on abortion, homosexuality, religious fanatics, and revisionist history. - Publisher.

0195040392 (pbk.) : $8.95 9780195040395 (pbk.)

Women--History--United States--19th century.
Women--Social conditions.--United States
Middle class--History.--United States
Sex role--History.--United States