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Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection$
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Evelleen Richards

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226436906

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226437064.001.0001

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Good Wives

Good Wives

(p.35) Two Good Wives
Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Evelleen Richards

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 2 discusses the ways in which Darwin’s family background, views on marriage, and his experiences as Victorian husband and father entered into the making of sexual selection. Emma Darwin’s role as nurturing wife and mother and Darwin’s dependence on her support and his domestic comforts are viewed against the gender relations implicit in Victorian expectations of a “good wife”, in the code of “manliness” and the construction of “masculinity”.

Keywords:   family background, views on marriage, Emma Darwin, good wife, gender relations, domestic comforts, code of manliness, masculinity

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