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Dinah Birch, 30 August 1990

The Sign of Angellica: Women, Writing and Fiction, 1660-1800 
by Janet Todd.
Virago, 328 pp., £12.99, April 1989, 0 86068 576 4
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Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian Britain 
by Mary Poovey.
Virago, 282 pp., £12.99, February 1989, 1 85381 035 5
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The Woman Question. Society and Literature In Britain and America, 1837-1883: Vols I-III 
edited by Elizabeth Helsinger, Robin Lauterbach Sheets and William Veeder.
Chicago, 146 pp., £7.95, February 1989, 0 226 32666 7
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Sexual Science: The Victorian Construction of Womanhood 
by Cynthia EagleRussett.
Harvard, 245 pp., £15.95, June 1989, 9780674802902
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... claimed by medical theorists makes the emotional biases of their arguments all the more apparent. Cynthia Russett’s Sexual Science offers a careful and witty examination of the supposedly scientific appraisal of women’s nature on which social policies were based. Though her survey isn’t limited to medical hypotheses, some of her most pungent ...

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