Nudism, playgroups, pre-marital agreements and male breast-feeding - these are just some of the startling proposals for women's emancipation discovered in this unique anthology. It brings together the many diverse political extents of early 19th-century British feminism, as well as representing the works of literary figures such as Shelley, Tennyson and the Brontes. With an extensive bibliography, biographical index and illuminating contextualization, it should provide a useful tool for scholars and students of feminism, women's history, and early 19th-century literature.
KATHRYN GLEADLE is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at London Guildhall University. She has written widely on nineteenth-century women and politics. Her previous publications include The Early Feminists (with Sarah Richardson), Women in British Politics, 1760-1860, The Power of the Petticoat and British Women in the Nineteenth Century.