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The New Angels in the House? Feminists as New Victorians

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Whelehan, IM, The New Angels in the House? Feminists as New Victorians, L I T: Literature Interpretation Theory, 20, (1-2) pp. 65-78. ISSN 1043-6928 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

DOI: doi:10.1080/10436920802690414

Abstract

This essay takes as its point of departure the American writer Rene Denfeldís book The New Victorians (1995). At the time of its publication it was hailed by Right-leaning critics as a common-sense corrective to the lunacy of feminismís "extremist" fringe, regarded as creeping dangerously into the mainstream. Denham is not read widely in academic circles and, as a journalist and non-fiction writer, has since turned her attention to other subjects, but her book is representative of a cluster of trade publications which appeared in the mid to late 1990s and has a significance which continues to be felt in popular reactions to feminism. I have chosen to focus most specifically on Denfeld because she most clearly articulates a link between academic feminism and the Victorians, suggesting that contemporary political feminists seek to anchor women in a past of repression and self-denial; however, I shall also make brief reference to other popular feminist detractors, such as Katie Roiphe and Christina Hoff Sommers, with whom Denfeld shares ideological and thematic concerns.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary Studies
Research Field:North American Literature
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
Author:Whelehan, IM (Professor Imelda Whelehan)
ID Code:70550
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-06-28
Last Modified:2013-07-15
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