Suffer and Be Still

Suffer and Be Still : Women in the Victorian Age

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 16mm | 399.16g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253201683
  • 9780253201683
  • 1,148,963

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"... indispensable reading for any scholar of Victorian cultural and sexual history." -Journal of Social History
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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
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