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The Victorian Girl And The Feminine Ideal

Author: Deborah Gorham
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 041562326X
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In Victorian England, the perception of girlhood arose not in isolation, but as one manifestation of the prevailing conception of femininity. Examining the assumptions that underlay the education and upbringing of middle-class girls, this book is also a study of the learning of gender roles in theory and reality. It was originally published in 1982. The first two sections examine the image of women in the Victorian family, and the advice offered in printed sources on the rearing of daughters during the Victorian period. To illustrate the effect and evolution of feminine ideals over the Victorian period, the book’s final section presents the actual experiences of several middle-class Victorian women who represent three generations and range, socioeconomically, from lower-middle class through upper-middle class.

Girls Growing Up In Late Victorian And Edwardian England

Author: Carol Dyhouse
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415623219
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Girls learn about "femininity" from childhood onwards, first through their relationships in the family, and later from their teachers and peers. Using sources which vary from diaries to Inspector’s reports, this book studies the socialization of middle- and working-class girls in late Victorian and early-Edwardian England. It traces the ways in which schooling at all social levels at this time tended to reinforce lessons in the sexual division of labour and patterns of authority between men and women, which girls had already learned at home. Considering the social anxieties that helped to shape the curriculum offered to working-class girls through the period 1870-1920, the book goes on to focus on the emergence of a social psychology of adolescent girlhood in the early-twentieth century and finally, examines the relationship between feminism and girls’ education.

Collections Vol 14

Author: Juilee Decker
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538119978
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This issue of the journal and its sister (14.04) brings together sixteen contributions from scholars from a variety of perspectives around the topic of Women & Collections. The articles present the work of independent scholars, researchers, and practitioners as well as those situated in academy and collecting institutions.

Pioneering Education For Girls Across The Globe

Author: Jill Sperandio
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498524885
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This book analyses six pioneer schools for girls established between 1742 and 1910. It highlights the motivations of the men and women involved, the resistance to educating women they faced, and the ongoing potential of agency, activism, and social entrepreneurship to create awareness and change attitudes to social injustice.

By The Sweat Of Their Brow

Author: Angela V. John
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136599312
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The pit brow lasses who sorted coal and performed a variety of jobs above ground at British coal mines prompted a violent debate about women’s work in the nineteenth century. Seen as the prime example of degraded womanhood, the pit brow woman was regarded as an aberration in a masculine domain, cruelly torn from her ‘natural sphere’, the home. The, attempt to restrict women’s work at the mines in the 1880s highlights the dichotomy between the fashionable ideal of womanhood and the necessity and reality of female manual labour. Although only a tiny percentage of the colliery labour force, the pit lasses aroused an interest out of all proportion to their numbers and their work became a test case for women’s outdoor manual employment. Angela John discusses the implications of this debate, showing how it encapsulates many of the ambivalences of late Victorian attitudes towards working-class female employment, and at the same time raises wider questions both about women’s work in industries seen as traditionally male enclaves, and about the ways in which women within the working community have been presented by historians.This book was first published in 1980.

Suffer And Be Still Routledge Revivals

Author: Martha Vicinus
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135045275
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First published in 1972, this book contains a collection of ten essays that document the feminine stereotypes that women fought against, and only partially erased, a hundred years ago. In an introductory essay, Martha Vicinus describes the perfect Victorian lady, showing that the ideal was a combination of sexual innocence, conspicuous consumption and worship of the family hearth. Indeed, this model in some form was the ideal of all classes as the perfect lady’s only functions were marriage and procreation. The text offers a valuable insight into Victorian culture and society.

Femininity Crime And Self Defence In Victorian Literature And Society

Author: E. Godfrey
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137284560
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This exploration into the development of women's self-defence from 1850 to 1914 features major writers, including H.G. Wells, Elizabeth Robins and Richard Marsh, and encompasses an unusually wide-ranging number of subjects from hatpin crimes to the development of martial arts for women.