The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal

The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal

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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 booka€™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.Shared lessons, it was thought, would be but one way in which brothers and sisters would easily and naturally come to understand both ... A list of books in one mothersa#39; manual, which consisted chiefly of moral tales, was designed specifically with girls in mind. ... Such advances in technology as the home sewing-machine and commercial dress patterns had, 74 The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal.


Title:The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal
Author: Deborah Gorham
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-10-09
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