Martha Vicinus

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Martha Vicinus (born November 20, 1939) is an American scholar of English literature and Women's Studies. She serves as the Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor of English, Women's Studies, and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.[1] She has written several books about Victorian women as well as gender and sexuality. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1968.[2]

She has been noted for drawing attention to the Victorian double standards that were applied to women and to the Victorian ideal of women without sexual desires.[3] She has argued that society often defines sexuality through a male heterosexual perspective.[4]

In addition to her career as a scholar, she has been active as an advocate of anti-war and LGBT causes.[5][6]


  1. ^ "About the Author, Martha Vicinus". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Profile: Martha Vicinus". Department of English. University of Michigan. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ McKendrick, Neil (8 January 1984). "Sex and the Married Victorians". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Green, Elizabeth (2 October 2003). "Fifteen Questions For Carol J. Adams". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "'U' Profs Sign Letter in National Anti-War Push". The Michigan Daily. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gay, Transgender Community Critique Task Force Proposals". The Michigan Daily. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2011.