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Victorian Scandals: Representations of Gender and Class

Kristine Ottesen Garrigan

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ISBN 10: 0821410199 / ISBN 13: 9780821410196
Published by Ohio Univ Pr, 1992
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Ohio Univ Pr 1992 Hard Cover New In Stock llustrated edition. 349 pages. 8.75x5.75x1.25 inches. Spots on the upper edge. Bookseller Inventory # 80889

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Title: Victorian Scandals: Representations of ...

Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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In the popular mind, the word “Victorian” still evokes associations of repression, hypocrisy, and prudery. We persist in thinking that the Victorians were perpetually shocked by everything from minor breaches of domestic decorum to ministry-toppling causes célèbres. In examining various Victorian scandals, some familiar, some more obscure, these essays provide lively discussion and diverse points of view on the context, nature, and function of “scandal” in Victorian society, particularly in terms of gender and class.

Topics covered include:
- women as both victims and beneficiaries of the Victorian legal establishment, demonstrated through divorce petitions, cases of wrongful confinement, and a highly publicized breach of promise suit
- the actress in contemporary pornography
- the effects on male hegemony of programs of higher education for women
- ambivalent reactions to biographies of Thomas Carlyle and George Eliot and to Julia Margaret Cameron’s “ennobled” photographic portraits
- the surprising toleration of gambling and infanticide.

The afterword examines the diverse responses to scandalous behavior from the perspectives of recent critical theory.

Taken as a whole, Victorian Scandals illustrates the pervasive role of the contemporary press in rendering private conduct a subject of public fascination and suggests the need to expand the definitions, functions, and interpretations of “scandal” in Victorian society.

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