A sourcebook illustrating the experience of Scottish women from 1780-1914
Drawing on a wide range of source materials from across Scotland, this sourcebook provides new insights into women’s attitudes to the society in which they lived, and how they negotiated their identities within private and public life.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Bodies, Sexuality and Health, Linda Fleming
Chapter 3: Hearth and Home
Chapter 4: Work and Working Conditions, Esther Breitenbach
Chapter 5: Crime and Punishment, Immorality and Reform, S. Karly Kehoe
Chapter 6: Religion, Lesley Orr
Chapter 7: Protest and Politics, Lesley Orr
Chapter 8: Empire Experiences and Perspectives, Esther Breitenbach.
About the Author
Dr Linda Fleming is currently Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include the social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth century Scotland.
Dr S. Karly Kehoe is a lecturer in History at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her work concentrates on national identity, religion and gender in the nineteenth-century British World. She received her PhD in History from the University of Glasgow in 2005, held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph from 2006-2008 and was a Visiting Fellow of Yale’s Beinecke Library in 2011-12.
Dr Lesley Orr is a feminist historian and activist. She has held teaching and research posts at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and is currently an Honorary Fellow at the School of Classics, History and Archaeology, University and Edinburgh. She has served as a member of the steering committee of Women’s History Scotland.
This is a superb collection, destined to be widely used. Especially distinctive and valuable is the presentation of women’s experiences almost entirely in their own words for the study of the nation’s past
The range and rich variety of texts authored by women should prove a revelation to many readers, and challenge common stereotypes of women's place in Victorian society.