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Mary Augusta Ward’s 'Perfect Economist' and the logic of anti-suffragism

Coit, Emily (2015) Mary Augusta Ward’s 'Perfect Economist' and the logic of anti-suffragism. ELH: English Literary History, 82 (4). pp. 1213-1238. ISSN 1080-6547

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"This article exposes the engagement of Mary Augusta Ward’s Marcella (1894) with the emergent academic discipline of economics, drawing connections between Ward’s influential novel and texts by the economic thinkers John Ruskin, Beatrice Webb, and Alfred Marshall. Marcella, I contend, represents gendered forms of economic knowledge, and this representation expresses the often misunderstood "difference feminism" that informs both Ward’s anti-suffrage stance and her advocacy for women’s education. Bringing together historical scholarship on the professionalization of economics and literary scholarship on nineteenth-century feminisms, this reading of Ward’s novel proposes that economic learning plays an important role in the thinking that shapes the British anti-suffrage movement." - Author's abstract.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Beatrice Webb asked her friend Mary Augusta Ward to write the preface for her Case For the Factory Acts (1901), a collection of essays on industry and labour by women.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2017 16:32
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 15:32

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