Anti-Feminism in Edwardian Literature (Victorian & Edwardian Anti-feminism)

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<div><br/><div>The five works have been chosen to illustrate six concepts in the anti-feminist debate, continuing into the twentieth century. <br/><p>Volume 1 is a work of fiction by Mrs Humphry Ward entitled <i>Daphne</i> or, <i>Marriage a la Mode</i>. The anti-divorce plot enables Ward to induct feminism as moral and social anarchy, whose most destructive impetus is directed at the family. </p><br/><p>Volume 2 consists of three short works illustrating socialist and progressive anti-feminists. </p><br/><p>Volume 3 is made up of two literary pieces in journals and a book by A.R. Wadia that gives the colonial response to feminism. </p><br/><p>Volume 4 is a 1913 anti-feminist tract by Ethel Colquoun, <i>The Vocation of Woman</i>. Volume 5 consists of two works illustrating suffrage and sex extinction by two prominent female writers of the time: Marie Corelli and Arabella Kenealy. </p><br/><p>Arnold Bennett's <i>Our Women: Chapters on the Sex-Discord</i> forms Volume 6. In it he supports the idea of women's economic independence only to reaffirm the centrality of female domesticity.</p></div></div>>

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Ann Heilmann is Professor of English Literature at the University of Wales Swansea.Lucy Delap is a Research Fellow of King's College Cambridge.

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Released in the "Victorian and Edwardian Anti-Feminism" series, this six-volume set reprints works by authors who opposed some—not all—advanced ideas about women in early-20th-century England. The term "Edwardian" is used loosely: three of the works included date from the 1920s. Rare texts are reprinted, along with some found in many libraries, such as Mrs. Humphry Ward's novel Daphne and Arnold Bennett's book-length essay Our Women, which constitute volumes 1 and 6, respectively. Volume 4 offers The Vocation of Woman by Mrs. Archibald Colquhoun, which is less available. The remaining three volumes reprint a satirical skit by W. H. Mallock and essays by Frederic Harrison, all easy to find, and writings that are more difficult to find in print: essays by Marie Corelli and Belford Bax; entire books by C. Gasquoine Hartley, Arabella Kenealy, and Ardeshir Ruttonji Wadia (an Indian barrister); and didactic dialogues from a West Indian newspaper. Though some of the editors' selections seem wayward, their 60-page introduction is authoritative. And the editors should not be blamed for the misspelling of Mrs. Humphry Ward's name on pages provided by the publisher. Only libraries supporting serious research need consider these costly volumes. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.

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