Jane Hume Clapperton

Standard Name: Clapperton, Jane Hume
Birth Name: Jane Hume Clapperton
Jane Hume Clapperton wrote several works of social theory in the late nineteenth century that combined her feminist ethos with her concern for the social problems facing contemporary England. She advanced a philosophy of social reform that was based on the principles of evolutionary theory and drew substantially on the theory of evolutionary eugenics, yet maintained a radical critique of contemporary sexual relations and advanced the principles of communal living and municipal socialism. In addition to the two lengthy books of social theory for which she is best known, she wrote at least two pamphlets and published occasional articles in mainstream and feminist journals. She also penned a utopiannovel in which her theories of communal living are put into fictional practice.JHC was a spirited defender of the suffrage cause and regarded education—particularly sex education—as pivotal to the political, economic, and legal advancement of women.


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Intertextuality and Influence Mona Caird
Scholar Ann Heilmann points out that this article significantly predated a series of commentaries of similar cast by Charlotte Perkins Gilman , Cicely Hamilton , Olive Schreiner , and Elizabeth Robins , which emerged over...
Literary responses Constance Naden
Jane Hume Clapperton reviewed this book for The Women's Penny Paper.


July 1889: Women's Suffrage: A Reply appeared in the...

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July 1889

Women's Suffrage: A Reply appeared in the Fortnightly Review to counter Mary Augusta Ward 's Appeal Against Female Suffrage in the previous month's Nineteenth Century.


Clapperton, Jane Hume. A Vision of the Future. Swan Sonnenschein & Co Limited, 1904.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. “Agnosticism and Women: A Reply”. The Nineteenth Century, Vol.
, No. 39, pp. 840-4.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. Margaret Dunmore; or, A Socialist Home. Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey, & Co, 1888.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. “Miss Chapman’s Marriage Reform: A Criticism”. The Westminster Review, Vol.
, No. 6, pp. 709-17.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. Scientific Meliorism and the Evolution of Happiness. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. , 1885.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. Some Evolutional Aspects of the Woman Movement.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. “The Agnostic at Church”. The Nineteenth Century, Vol.
, No. 62, pp. 653-6.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. “Unitary Homes”. Women in Industrial Life: The International Congress of Women of 1899, edited by Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen, T. Fisher Unwin, 1900, pp. 104-7.
Clapperton, Jane Hume. What Do We Women Want?. W. H. Reynolds, 1880.