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Love in the Time of Victoria By Francoise Barret-Ducrocq

Love in the Time of Victoria
by Francoise Barret-Ducrocq

Overturns the prejudices of Victorian London's middle class who equated poverty with depravity, by presenting and analyzing an extraordinary range of hitherto unpublished firsthand documents: love letters and testimonies from working class women who faced pregnancy alone.
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Love in the Time of Victoria: Sexuality and Desire Among Working-Class Men and Women in Nineteenth-Century London by Francoise Barret-Ducrocq

This book overturns the prejudices of Victorian London's middle class moralists and reformers, who equated poverty with depravity, by presenting and analyzing an extraordinary range of hitherto unpublished firsthand documents: love letters and testimonies from working class women who faced pregnancy alone, and from their suitors, relatives and employers. These unique and moving writings provide the fullest and most accurate picture to date of love and sex among the poor in Victorian London.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 Labouring classes, depraved classes: the setting; a vast hothouse of sexual immorality - the signs of immorality, use of the streets, places of amusement, living conditions - one-room dwellings and sexual licence; characters in the family drama, the head of the family, children, young people, women; the natural history of transgressions - profligacy, the reign of the impure, animality. Part 2 The foundling hospital. Part 3 Love and marriage: "My vile seducer has been the cause of four other young women's ruin", casual loves and impossible romances - "female servants are far from being a virtuous class", "nice life this, for a girl of three and twenty, my Kerristian friends"; "home, sweet home"; temptations and precautions - "as I was going to Chelsea one day, I met with a pretty girl on the way ...", courtship; parents and family, friends and workmates, employers, a very discreet courtship, "there was no courtship or promise of marriage"; "where they went to I never hear say ... but when she returned, Mrs Gray said she'd very much rumpl'd her muslin ..."; sex before marriage, promises of marriage - "he promised me marriage, they all do"; love nests, love traps, the question of consent; words of love; "now lost to all, her friends, her virtue fled ...", "he promised to marry her soon, but soon he forgot all about her ...", posting banns, living in sin, "before everything went wrong", abortion attempts, "I told him at which he seemed frightened", "he said he would see me through my trouble"; seduced and abandoned, family and friends, "no sir, missus don't permit no followers", "rules of sexual morality".

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Love in the Time of Victoria: Sexuality and Desire Among Working-Class Men and Women in Nineteenth-Century London by Francoise Barret-Ducrocq
Francoise Barret-Ducrocq
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1992-12-01
240
0140173269
9780140173260
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