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Infidel Feminism: Secularism, Religion and Women's Emancipation, England 1830-1914 (Gender in History) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Laura Schwartz
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24 Dec 2012 Gender in History
Infidel feminism is the first in-depth study of a distinctive brand of women's rights that emerged out of the Victorian Secularist movement. It looks at the lives and work of a number of female activists, whose renunciation of religion shaped their struggle for emancipation. Anti-religious or secular ideas were fundamental to the development of feminist thought, but have, until now, been almost entirely passed over in the historiography of the Victorian and Edwardian women's movement. In uncovering an important tradition of Freethinking feminism, this book reveals an ongoing radical and free love current connecting Owenite feminism with the more 'respectable' post-1850 women's movement and the 'New Women' of the early twentieth century. This book will be invaluable to both scholars and students of social and cultural history and feminist thought, and to interdisciplinary studies of religion and secularisation, as well as those interested in the history of women's movements more broadly.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (24 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719085829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719085826
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,571,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An illuminating read'. June Purvis, THE, 21st March 2013 -- . "In sum, this book is a fascinating read, and a rigorously written history of a radical women's movement. As such, it merits reading, and inclusion into our studies of feminism and women's movement in Victorian times." (Sneha Krishnan, Wolfson College, Oxford, LSE Reviews, 20/11/2013) -- Sneha Krishnan. LSE Reviews "Infidel Feminists makes an important, thorough and very compelling contribution to our understanding of the richness and diversity of both religious culture and feminism in the nineteenth and early twentieth century." (Alison Twells, Sheffield Hallam, Women's History Review, 03/10/2013) -- Alison Twells. Women's History Review "This important work is long overdue" (Dr Edward Royle, University of York, Reviews in History, 14/11/2013) -- Dr Edward Royle. Reviews in History

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Laura Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Modern British History at the University of Warwick

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As a member of Leicester Secular Society ( [...]) where Annie Besant and Harriet Law spoke at the opening of Leicester Secular Hall in 1881, I find this book fascinating and it will eventually find its way into the Society's library.
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