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Kindred Nature: Victorian and Edwardian Women Embrace the Living World

By: Barbara T Gates

292 pages, B/w illus

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Feb 1999 | #101562 | ISBN: 0226284433
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Highlighting the contributions of Victorian and Edwardian women to the study, protection, and writing of nature, this text recovers their works from the misrepresentation they often faced at the time of their composition. Barbara T. Gates discusses not just well-known women like Beatrix Potter but also others - scientists, writers, gardeners, and illustrators - who are little known today. Some of these women discovered previously unknown species, others wrote and illustrated natural histories or animal stories, and still others educated women, the working classes, and children about recent scientific advances. A number of women also played pivotal roles in the defence of animal rights by protesting overhunting, vivisection, and habitat destruction, even as they demanded their own rights to vote, work, and enter universities. This text shows the enormous impact Victorian and Edwardian women had on the natural sciences and the environmental movement, and on our own attitudes toward nature and human nature.


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