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A Position to Command Respect Women and the Eleventh Britannica
978-0-8108-2567-3 • Hardback
June 1992 • $65.00 • (£39.95)
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Pages: 222
Size: 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
By Gillian Thomas
History | Europe / Great Britain
Scarecrow Press
The 1910-1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica was advertised as "the high water mark of human knowledge." Its contributors included some of the most notable figures from the late Victorian and Edwardian worlds of scholarship and knowledge. That 34 of the 1,500 contributors were women was widely perceived as signaling a significant breakthrough into the world of learning. The historical moment when these women were trying to claim cultural authority was one in which the role of women was being debated as never before. Many of the women contributors were active participants in the suffrage debate. The book examines public and private aspects of the women contributors' lives and includes short biographies.
Gillian Thomas (Ph.D., University of London) is Professor of English and Coordinator of Women's Studies, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her interest in the popular literature and culture of the nineteenth century and the development of a mass reading public is also reflected in her Harriet Martineau (G.K. Hall, 1985).
...thoroughly documented...deserves a space on the shelf next to standard histories...
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)

...delightful...a marvelous encapsulation of a turning point in society and scholarship. Well-written and engaging from start to finish, this work would be a fine addition to already strong women's studies collections.

...provides an excellent synthesis of a number of discrete developments.
Victorian Studies

...will be valued, and valued highly, as an intensive study of a fascinating corner of Edwardian social and intellectual life.
Times Literary Supplement