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Author Wanggren, Lena,
Title Gender, technology and the new woman / Lena Wanggren.
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017]

Author Wanggren, Lena,
Series Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture
Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture.
Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women in literature.
Feminism in literature.
Equality in literature.
Technology in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 218 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-212) and index.
Contents The new woman in technological modernity -- Typewriters and typists : secretarial agency at the fin de siecle -- The 'freedom machine' : the new woman and the bicycle -- Medical new women I : nurses -- Medical new women II : doctors -- Technologies of detection.
Note Print version record.
Summary This book examines late nineteenth-century feminism in relation to technologies of the time, marking the crucial role of technology in social and literary struggles for equality. The New Woman, the fin de siAcle cultural archetype of early feminism, became the focal figure for key nineteenth-century debates concerning issues such as gender and sexuality, evolution and degeneration, science, empire and modernity. While the New Woman is located in the debates concerning the ⁰crisis in gender⁰₉ or ⁰₈sexual anarchy⁰₉ of the time, the period also saw an upsurge of new technologies of communication, transport and medicine. As this monograph demonstrates, literature of the time is inevitably caught up in this technological modernity: technologies such as the typewriter, the bicycle, and medical technologies, through literary texts come to work as freedom machines, as harbingers of female emancipation.
ISBN 9781474416276 (electronic bk.)
1474416276 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1002303828
Additional Format Print version: Wanggren, Lena. Gender, technology and the new woman. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017] 9781474416269 (OCoLC)963913901

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