A Prison of Expectations: The Family in Victorian Culture

A Prison of Expectations: The Family in Victorian Culture

by Steven Mintz, Leon Litwack
     
 

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The stereotypical Victorian family, although represented in innumerable daguerrotypes, is as much fantasy as reality. The Victorian family took many forms, and in this ambitious and highly original book, Steven Mintz enters five different homes in order to shed light on critical aspects of middle-class character and family during the era.

By investigating the

Overview

The stereotypical Victorian family, although represented in innumerable daguerrotypes, is as much fantasy as reality. The Victorian family took many forms, and in this ambitious and highly original book, Steven Mintz enters five different homes in order to shed light on critical aspects of middle-class character and family during the era.

By investigating the private lives of five of the most famous and influential novelists—Robert Louis Stevenson, George Eliot, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Catharine Sedgwick, and Samuel Butler—Mintz traces patterns of intersection between family dynamics and larger cultural problems of authority, legitimacy, and discipline in nineteenth-century Britain and America. More specifically, he explores the struggles to achieve a personal independence within a Victorian home and the larger historical struggle to adapt the older traditions of deference, authority, and responsibility to the emerging realities of a democratic age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814753910
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1983
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Mintz received his B.A. degree from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He taught at Oberlin before joining the Department of History at the University of Houston where he is Assistant Professor.

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