Thoughts on Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness for fellow readers and historians

Studying the Country House for my masters, of course I wanted to get my hands on Lady of the House: Elite 19th Century Women and their role in the English Country House by Charlotte Furness. How women are intimately bound up with the decorative arts, social history and material culture has been a constant source of … Continue reading Thoughts on Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness for fellow readers and historians

Romanticism: Women and Realism in the poetry of William Wordsworth

The exotic, oriental, mystic and ‘Other’ qualities of Romanticism allow for the erotic and sexualised undertones of women in an escapist vein. When we invert this model, grounded in realist concerns, the naturalistic poetry of William Wordsworth appears sympathetic to the cause of women in their adversity. Critics such as Katharine Merrill have agreed that … Continue reading Romanticism: Women and Realism in the poetry of William Wordsworth

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

Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – Taste, Influence and Personal Preference

In 19th century England the fact remained that Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, consort to Queen Victoria, was a ‘foreign’ German prince1. Parliament had been cautious, reigning in Prince Albert’s allowance of Royal privileges, one of which included holding back the title ‘Prince Consort’ and another saw the strings to the royal purse being … Continue reading Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – Taste, Influence and Personal Preference