Google full text of our books:


Other Women:
The Writing of Class, Race, and Gender, 1832-1898
Anita Levy

Paperback | 2014 | $29.95 | ($17.97) / £19.95 | (£11.97) | ISBN: 9780691608518
184 pp. | 6 x 9
Add to Shopping Cart

In this ambitious work Anita Levy exposes certain forms of middle-class power that have been taken for granted as "common sense" and "laws of nature." Joining an emergent tradition of cultural historians who draw on Gramsci and Foucault, she shows how middle-class hegemony in the nineteenth century depended on notions of gender to legitimize a culture-specific and class-specific definition of the right and wrong ways of being human. The author examines not only domestic fiction, particularly Emily Bront's Wuthering Heights, but also nineteenth-century works of the human sciences, including sociological tracts, anthropological treatises, medical texts, and psychological studies. She finds that British intellectuals of the period produced gendered standards of behavior that did not so much subordinate women to men as they authorized the social class whose women met norms of "appropriate" behavior: this class was considered to be peculiarly fit to care for other social and cultural groups whose women were "improperly" gendered. When Levy reads fiction against the social sciences, she demonstrates that the history of fiction cannot be understood apart from the history of the human sciences. Both fiction and science share common narrative strategies for representing the "essential" female and "other women"--the prostitute, the "primitive," and the madwoman. Only fiction, however, represented these strategies in an idiom of everyday life that verified "theory" and "science."

Originally published in 1990.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


Subject Areas:

For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

 Paperback $29.95 | ($17.97) ISBN: 9780691608518

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

 Paperback £19.95 | (£11.97) ISBN: 9780691608518

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

Prices subject to change without notice

File created: 11/20/2015

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

fall saleHoliday Sale
New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
British Literature
Gender Studies
More Choices