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Author Theriot, Nancy M.

Title Mothers and daughters in nineteenth-century America : the biosocial construction of femininity / Nancy M. Theriot
Published Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (240 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface to the Revised Edition; Introduction: Investigating Identities and Experience from a Generational Perspective; 1 ""Imperial Motherhood"" and Its Material Roots; 2 The Physical Roots of Ideology; 3 Acculturation into ""True Womanhood""; 4 Daughters' Brave New World; 5 The ""Green Sickness"" and Daughters' Ambivalence; 6 A New Feminine Synthesis; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The feminine script of early nineteenth century centered on women's role as patient, long-suffering mothers. By mid-century, however, their daughters faced a world very different in social and economic options and in the physical experiences surrounding their bodies. In this groundbreaking study, Nancy Theriot turns to social and medical history, developmental psychology, and feminist theory to explain the fundamental shift in women's concepts of femininity and gender identity during the course of the century -- from an ideal suffering womanhood to emphasis on female control of physical self
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Subject Femininity -- History -- 19th century.
Middle class women -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Mothers and daughters -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Sex role -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States -- Sociological aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813108586
0813158206 (electronic bk.)
9780813158204 (electronic bk.)