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Author Davis, Rebecca Harding, 1831-1910, author.

Title A law unto herself / Rebecca Harding Davis ; edited and with an introduction by Alicia Mischa Renfroe.

Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Legacies of nineteenth-century American women writers
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Intro -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Editor's Introduction -- A Note on the Text -- A Law Unto Herself -- Notes -- About Rebecca Harding Davis -- About Alicia Mischa Renfroe -- Series List.
Summary "A scathing critique of the legal status of women and their property rights in nineteenth-century America, Rebecca Harding Davis's 1878 novel A Law Unto Herself chronicles the experiences of Jane Swendon, a seemingly naive and conventional nineteenth-century protagonist struggling to care for her elderly father with limited financial resources. In order to continue care, Jane seeks to secure her rightful inheritance despite the efforts of her cousin and later her husband, a greedy man who has tricked her father into securing her hand in marriage. Appealing to middle-class literary tastes of the age, A Law Unto Herself elucidated for a broad general audience the need for legal reforms regarding divorce, mental illness, inheritance, and reforms to the Married Women's Property Laws. Through three fascinating female characters, the novel also invites readers to consider evolving gender roles during a time of cultural change"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Renfroe, Alicia Mischa, editor.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- Fiction.
Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Law reform -- United States -- Fiction.
Gender identity -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780803256705 (electronic bk.)
0803256701 (electronic bk.)
9780803256712 (electronic bk.)
080325671X (electronic bk.)