Redefining the Maternal Tradition

in Victorian Popularizers of Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226481180
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226481173 | DOI:
Redefining the Maternal Tradition

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This chapter, which examines the general pattern of female authorship in the sciences in Victorian England, discusses the different routes taken by these women to scientific authorship and describes their appeal to readers. It also investigates how these women writers experimented with literary formats in order to reach their readers, and analyzes their responses to the views of scientific naturalists on the implications of evolutionary theory for understanding the role of Christianity and of women in Victorian society.

Keywords: female authorship; science; Victorian England; scientific authorship; women writers; scientific naturalists; evolutionary theory; Christianity; Victorian society

Chapter.  28455 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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