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Author Hayden, Wendy, 1977-
Title Evolutionary rhetoric : sex, science, and free love in nineteenth-century feminism / Wendy Hayden.
Imprint Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.

Series Studies in rhetorics and feminisms
Studies in rhetorics and feminisms.
Subject American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Rhetoric -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Free love -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Sex customs -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Feminism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Social problems in literature.
Description 1 online resource.
Contents The Season of Battle: The Rhetoric of Free-Love Feminism in Nineteenth-Century America -- Evolutionary Theory: (R) volutionary Rhetorics in the Free Love Movement -- Physiology: Rewriting the Body and Sexual Desire -- Bacteriology: Marriage as a diseased Institution -- Embryology: Toward a Eugenic Warrant for Free-Love Feminism -- Heredity: The Disappearing Reform Warrant -- Conclusion: Historiography and Feminist Uses of Eugenics.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 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, reproduc.
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ISBN 0809331020 (electronic bk.)
9780809331024 (electronic bk.)
9780809331017 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0809331012 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 827083303
Additional Format Print version: Hayden, Wendy, 1977- Evolutionary rhetoric. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2013 9780809331017 0809331012 (DLC) 2012018938