|Hall, Donald E. “Kingsley as Negotiator: Class/Gender
Discord/Discourse in Yeast and Alton Locke,” in Fixing
Patriarchy: Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists (New York: New
York University Press, 1996): 63-83.
Hall stresses the number and the range of scholars' polarized accounts of Kingsley's views on gender issues. However, he argues that the many diverse and conflicting opinions of this multi-faceted man are "emblematic of an age and process of negotiation . . . . If we view Kingsley as an active negotiator among parties holding radically divergent views, we fully expect to find that his perspectives involve both give and take, both concession and retrenchment" (66-67). He considers that the tensions and the diversity of Kingsley's views mirror the complexities and confusion of the age. He goes on to analyze in detail the class, gender, and feminist implications in Yeast and Alton Locke.