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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Gender and Fatherhood in the Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9781403995148
Publication Date February 2007
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Gender and History

Despite current debate over the paternal role, fatherhood is a relatively new area of investigation in literary, historical and cultural studies. The contributors to this illustrated, interdisciplinary volume - one of the first extended investigations of paternity in nineteenth-century Britain and its empire - penetrate the stereotype of the Victorian paterfamilias to uncover intimate and involved, authoritarian and austere fathers. Finding surprising precursors of the 'new man' and the 'lone father', Trev Lynn Broughton and Helen Rogers provide an essential overview of changing ideologies and practices of fatherhood as the family acquired its distinctively modern form.

Gender and Fatherhood in the Nineteenth Century:
- offers nuanced re-readings of artistic and literary representations of domesticity, investigations of fathering at home and at work, and of legal, political and religious discourses, suggesting that fatherhood generated more anxiety and debate than previously acknowledged
- explores how traditional conceptions of paternal authority worked to accommodate the 'cult of motherhood'
- examines how paternal power was embedded in social institutions
- shows how models of social fatherhood provided powerful men with a means of negotiating their relationship with working-class men and colonized subjects.

As these innovative essays demonstrate, the history of fatherhood can illuminate our understanding of class, society and empire as well as of gender and the family. Together they form an indispensable resource for anyone studying Victorian fatherhood as part of a History, Literature, Art, Social or Cultural Studies course.

TREV LYNN BROUGHTON is Senior Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at the University of York, UK.

HELEN ROGERS is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

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List of Contributors
Introduction: The Empire of the Father; H.Rogers & T.L.Broughton
PART 1: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Fatherhood, Religious Belief and the Protection of Children in Nineteenth-Century English Families; M.Doolittle
'Married Men and the Fathers of Families': Fatherhood and Franchise Reform in Britain; M.McCormack
'What do you Want to Know About Next?' Charles Kingsley's Model of Educational Fatherhood; V.Sanders
PART 2: PATTERNS OF INVOLVEMENT Father as Mother: The Image of the Widower with Children in Victorian Art; T.Sabatos
Hands-on Fatherhood in Trollope's Novels; M.Markwick
Father(ing) Christmas: Fatherhood, Gender and Modernity in Victorian and Edwardian England; N.Armstrong
PART 3: A DIFFERENT CLASS? Father's Pride? Fatherhood in Industrialising Communities; A.Walker
'First in the House': Daughters on Working-Class Fathers and Fatherhood; H.Rogers
'Speechless with Grief': Bereavement and the Working-Class Father, c. 1880-1914; J-M.Strange
PART 4: FRONTIERS OF FATHERHOOD Missionary 'Fathers' and Wayward 'Sons' in the South Pacific, 1797-1825; A.Twells
A Wealth of Fatherhood: Paternity in American Adoption Narratives; C.Nelson
Fatherhood Real, Imagined, Denied: British Men in Imperial India; E.Buettner
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'A really invaluable collection.' - John Tosh, University of Surrey Roehampton, UK'A vibrant collection of essays: many of the chapters speak to one another and engage the reader in a provocative dialogue about Victorian fatherhood.' - Ben Irvin, University of Arizona, USA'The collection shows how scholarship on nineteenth-century fatherhood has shifted from monolithic portrayals of severe and remote Victorian fathers to a complex understanding of paternal roles linked to the social and economic volatility of the nineteenth century.... [T]he book is a welcome antidote to the idea that fatherhood has not much mattered in history.' - Warren C. Wood, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
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