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Gender, Technology and the New Woman

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Gender, Technology and the New Woman Synopsis

This book examines late 19th-century feminism in relation to technologies of the time, marking the crucial role of technology in social and literary struggles for equality. The New Woman, the fin de siecle cultural archetype of early feminism, became the focal figure for key 19th-century debates concerning issues such as gender and sexuality, evolution and degeneration, science, empire and modernity. While the New Woman is located in the debates concerning the crisis in gender or sexual anarchy of the time, the period also saw an upsurge of new technologies of communication, transport and medicine, As this monograph demonstrates, literature of the time is inevitably caught up in this technological modernity: technologies such as the typewriter, the bicycle, and medical technologies, through literary texts come to work as freedom machines, as harbingers of female emancipation

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ISBN: 9781474416269
Publication date: 9th May 2017
Author: Lena Wånggren
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 232 pages
Series: Culture
Genres: Literary theory
Literary studies: fiction, novelists and prose writers
Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000
Feminism and feminist theory