Suffer and Be Still : Women in the Victorian Age
The ideal woman of the Victorian era was a combination of sexual innocence, conspicuous consumption, and worship of the family hearth-with marriage and procreation being a woman's only function. Suffer and Be Still is a collection of ten lively essays which document the feminine stereotypes that Victorian women fought against, but only partially defeated.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 156 x 232 x 16mm | 399.16g
- 01 Oct 1973
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- New ed.
- black & white illustrations
"... indispensable reading for any scholar of Victorian cultural and sexual history." -Journal of Social History
Table of contents
Introduction: The Perfect Victorian LadyMartha Vicinus1: The Victorian Governess: Status Incongruence in Family and SocietyM. Jeanne Peterson2: From Dame to Woman: W.S. Gilbert and Theatrical TransvestismJane W. Stedman3: Victorian Women and MenstruationElaine and English Showalter4: Marriage, Redundancy or Sin: The Painter's View of Women in the First Twenty-Five Years of Victoria's ReignHelene E. Roberts5: A Study of Victorian Prostitution and Venereal DiseaseE.M. Sigsworth and T.J. Wyke6: Working-Class Women in Britain, 1890-1914Peter N. Stearns7: The Debate over Women: Ruskin vs. MillKate Millett8: Sterotypes of Femininity in a Theory of Sexual EvolutionJill Conway9: Innocent Femina Sensualis in Unconscious ConflictPeter T. Cominos10: The Women of England in a Century of Social Change, 1815-1914: A Select BibliographyS. Barbara KannerNotesIndex