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A law unto herself / Rebecca Harding Davis ; edited and with an introduction by Alicia Mischa Renfroe.

By: Davis, Rebecca Harding, 1831-1910 [author.].
Contributor(s): Renfroe, Alicia Mischa [editor.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Legacies of nineteenth-century American women writers.Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803256705; 0803256701; 9780803256712; 080325671X.Subject(s): Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- Fiction | Law reform -- United States -- Fiction | Gender identity -- FictionAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Law unto herselfDDC classification: 813/.4 Other classification: FIC014000 | HIS036040 | SOC028000 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: "A scathing critique of the legal status of women and their property rights in nineteenth-century America, Rebecca Harding Davis's 1878 novel A Law Unto Herself chronicles the experiences of Jane Swendon, a seemingly naive and conventional nineteenth-century protagonist struggling to care for her elderly father with limited financial resources. In order to continue care, Jane seeks to secure her rightful inheritance despite the efforts of her cousin and later her husband, a greedy man who has tricked her father into securing her hand in marriage. Appealing to middle-class literary tastes of the age, A Law Unto Herself elucidated for a broad general audience the need for legal reforms regarding divorce, mental illness, inheritance, and reforms to the Married Women's Property Laws. Through three fascinating female characters, the novel also invites readers to consider evolving gender roles during a time of cultural change"-- Provided by publisher.
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"A scathing critique of the legal status of women and their property rights in nineteenth-century America, Rebecca Harding Davis's 1878 novel A Law Unto Herself chronicles the experiences of Jane Swendon, a seemingly naive and conventional nineteenth-century protagonist struggling to care for her elderly father with limited financial resources. In order to continue care, Jane seeks to secure her rightful inheritance despite the efforts of her cousin and later her husband, a greedy man who has tricked her father into securing her hand in marriage. Appealing to middle-class literary tastes of the age, A Law Unto Herself elucidated for a broad general audience the need for legal reforms regarding divorce, mental illness, inheritance, and reforms to the Married Women's Property Laws. Through three fascinating female characters, the novel also invites readers to consider evolving gender roles during a time of cultural change"-- Provided by publisher.

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<p>Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) built a career spanning nearly half a century from her apprenticeship newspaper work for the Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer in the 1850s to her last published short story at the time of her death. She is best known for the publication of her novella Life in the Iron-Mills (1861) in the Atlantic Monthly .</p> <p>Alicia Mischa Renfroe is an associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.</p> <p>nbsp;</p>

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