The Yellow Wallpaper: Hysteria, Rest Cures & Gender Theory

Throughout Victorian culture, ‘The angel in the house’ works as a one-dimensional character identity, however, in ‘The Yellow Paper’ Charlotte Perkins Gilman chooses to write about a 19th century woman who overtly experiences a crisis of the self and case of conflicted identity. This becomes evident at first through the division of the ‘rational’ which … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper: Hysteria, Rest Cures & Gender Theory

The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

Running a household in Victorian England had become a science – with tasks to be delegated and a system of categorised activity for those at every level of society. When Girouard writes of the eminent concern for ‘morality, domesticity, organisation and hospitality’[1] in the country house the emphasis is on the rigid upholding of standards … Continue reading The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – Museums and Education in Victorian England

Albert’s German background, educational pursuits and patronage efforts accumulated in his aims for permanent museums as places of learning and leisure. Albert had a desire to reform deign and art education via a Kultuforum[1] in South Kensington, given the progressive, intellectual and reformative climate of the nineteenth century. Socially, the government had passed the Reform … Continue reading Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – Museums and Education in Victorian England

The Impressionists – Putting Women in the Picture

A note on the text: I've been writing on Impressionism in 19th century Paris through a mini-series. If you haven't already, it might be beneficial to read the first two introductory parts before delving into this article. To contextualise The Impressionists, please read here... To discover Le Flâneur, please read here... In relation to men, … Continue reading The Impressionists – Putting Women in the Picture

The Yellow Wallpaper: Fear, The Uncanny & The Female Gothic

'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman overturns the reader's expectations of a 19th century wife and mother. The narrator's 'descent' into madness is an evocative commentary on the powers that be - a troubling psychosis which reads as an early psychological horror story. In the first part of this series, we referred to Virginia Woolf … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper: Fear, The Uncanny & The Female Gothic

The Impressionists – Introducing ‘Le Flâneur’

We've explored how painters like Renoir and Degas concerned themselves with capturing scenes of the capital by day and by night, an occupation which stemmed from Paris opening like a cultural flower in the mid-19th century - its new environs practically buzzing with diversions to catch the eye. The monolithic intentions of city planner Baron … Continue reading The Impressionists – Introducing ‘Le Flâneur’

Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – A Curatorial Character

Prince Albert had quite the curatorial character, something expressed through the fervor of his collecting habits and especially when outfitting an estate. In the management of art works belonging to the royal households, Albert proved himself to be meticulous, a factor which Lucy Whittaker examines when writing on his ‘systematic approach to art and frames’1. … Continue reading Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – A Curatorial Character

Women’s Literature: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper – Killing the Angel in the House (1)

Virginia Woolf’s instruction for the woman writer to kill the ‘Angel in the House’ underpinned the crux of her argument Professions for Women delivered in 1942 to the Women’s Service League. American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ predates the essays of Woolf in the 20th century, contemporary to the ‘Angel in the House’ … Continue reading Women’s Literature: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper – Killing the Angel in the House (1)