Evolutionary Rhetoric : Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century Feminism
By: Hayden, Wendy.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms: Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (274 p.).ISBN: 9780809331024.Subject(s): American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Feminism -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Free love -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Rhetoric -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Sex customs -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Social problems in literature | Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Evolutionary Rhetoric : Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century FeminismDDC classification: 810.9/928709034 | 810.9928709034 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Season of Battle; 2. Evolutionary Theory; 3. Physiology; 4. Bacteriology; 5. Embryology; 6. Heredity; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Author Biography; Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms; Other Books in the Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series; Back Cover
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In Evolutionary Rhetoric, scholar Wendy Hayden provides a comprehensive examination of the relationship between scientific and feminist rhetorics in free-love feminism, studying the movement from its inception in the 1850s to its dark turn toward eugenics in the early 1900s. Hayden organizes her provocative study by scientific discipline-evolution, physiology, bacteriology, embryology, and heredity. Each chapter explores how free-love feminists adopted the evidence of that discipline in their arguments for increased sex education, women's sexual rights, reproductive freedom, and the abolition of a marriage system that repressed the rights and the sexuality of women. Hayden takes our conventional understanding of the relationship between nineteenth-century feminism and science and expands it. The author provides examples of the powerful words of free-love feminists to show exactly how these exceptional women used science as a rhetorical platform to promote feminist, and often radical, social reforms. Considering why the free-love movement has not yet been studied, Hayden also discusses how the recovery of this movement may impact larger goals in the recovery of women's rhetoric. This important and timely study of a long-forgotten movement adds to our understanding of the complexities of the history of feminism.
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