Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century
Rational Reproduction and the New Woman
By (author) Angelique Richardson
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Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century by Angelique Richardson
Book DescriptionThe idea of eugenics - human selective breeding - originated in Victorian Britain in response to the urban poor. Darwin's evolutionary theory had laid the foundations for eugenics, replacing paradise with primordial slime. Man had not fallen from Grace, but risen from the swamps. And, as architect of his own destiny, he might rise still further. Eugenics was developed by Darwin's cousin Francis Galton in the 1860s. Embracing the idea of evolution, eugenists argued that through the judicious control of human reproduction, and the numerical increase of the middle class, Britain's supremacy in the world could be maintained. Born and bred among the competitive Victorian middle class, eugenics was a biologistic discourse on class. Aiming at 'racial improvement' by altering the balance of class in society, it was, Galton argued, 'practical Darwinism'. Eugenics found its most sustained expression in fiction and the periodical press, and was central to late nineteenth-century ideas on social progress, forming part of the debate between hereditarians and environmentalists that peaked in the closing years of the century. Even Gladstone had his vital statistics measured in Galton's eugenic laboratory. Among the champions of eugenics were social purity feminists and New Women, writers such as George Egerton, Ellice Hopkins, and Sarah Grand, who argued that women were naturally - biologically - moral, and that through rational reproduction middle-class women could regenerate the British imperial race. The New Woman has been the subject of numerous recent critical works. However, the oppressive ideas that coexisted with the mancipatory theories of some New Women - ideas that were supremely class conscious - remain largely unexamined, as the focus remains on her more progressive aspects. Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century recontextualizes New Woman writers, demonstrating that they were as concerned with the questions of poverty, sickness and health as they were with the changing role of women, the issue for which they are currently generally known and celebrated. Focusing on fiction and the press, and drawing on the papers and published work of Galton and other eugenists, Angelique Richardson reveals the cultural pervasiveness of eugenics and explores, for the first time, the intimate relations between early feminism and eugenics, and making a radical contribution to nineteenth-century studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198187004
(224mm x 144mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 22-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Angelique Richardson
Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century, Paperback (June 2008)
Exploring the pervasiveness of eugenic ideas in fin-de-siecle Britain, and recontextualizing New Woman fiction, Angelique Richardson's well-received book makes a radical contribution to nineteenth-century studies, establishing the intimate relations between early feminism and eugenics.
Women Who Did, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Angelique Richardson
A collection of stories, which examine society through the eyes of the woman, as she encountered choices in marriage, motherhood, work and love. It tells the stories of competing voices - of the men and women who entered into the fray of the fin de siecle, and were not afraid to confront, challenge or delight in the irrepressible New.
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