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Public Lives By Eleanor Gordon

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This title examines Victorian women's relationships, the ways they earned and spent their money, and their social and civic lives. It challenges many stereotypes about Victorian women and and offers insights into middle-class life in Britain from 1840 through the early years of the 20th century.

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Public Lives: Women, Family, and Society in Victorian Britain by Eleanor Gordon

This lively book challenges many stereotypes about Victorian women and their families and offers intriguing new insights into middle-class life in Britain from 1840 through the early years of the twentieth century. Eleanor Gordon and Gwyneth Nair examine women's relationships, their marriages, the ways they earned and spent their money, and their social, spiritual, and civic lives. What emerges from this fascinating research is a revised-and far richer-view of middle-class women's experiences in the Victorian era than has been understood before.

The authors argue that widely accepted characterizations of the Victorian family as a private enclave in which women's roles related only to service and dependency are narrow and inaccurate. In fact, as arbiters of taste, managers of display, and consumers of culture, women assumed a variety of complex roles and were central to the creation of middle-class identity and culture.

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About Eleanor Gordon


Eleanor Gordon is senior lecturer in the department of economic and social history at the University of Glasgow. Gwyneth Nair is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Paisley.

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GOR005276313
Public Lives: Women, Family, and Society in Victorian Britain by Eleanor Gordon
Eleanor Gordon
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
2003-11-04
328
0300102208
9780300102208
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