Victorian Governess - Kathryn Hughes

Victorian Governess

The figure of the governess is very familiar from 19th-century literature. Much less is known about the governess in reality. This work explores what the life of the home schoolroom was actually like. Drawing on original diaries and a variety of sources, the author describes why the period 1840-80 was the classic age of the governess. Les mer
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The figure of the governess is very familiar from 19th-century literature. Much less is known about the governess in reality. This work explores what the life of the home schoolroom was actually like. Drawing on original diaries and a variety of sources, the author describes why the period 1840-80 was the classic age of the governess. She examines their numbers, recruitment, teaching methods, social position and prospects. The governess provides a key to the central Victorian concept of the lady. Her education consisted of a series of accomplishments designed to attract a husband able to keep her in the style to which she had become accustomed from birth. Becoming a governess was the only acceptable way of earning money open to a lady whose family could not support her in leisure. Being paid to educate another woman's children set in play a series of social and emotional tensions. The governess was a surrogate mother, who was herself childless, a young woman whose marriage prospects were restricted, and a family member who was sometimes mistaken for a servant.
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Forlag: Hambledon Continuum
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 278
ISBN: 9781852853259
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List of Illustrations

vii
Acknowledgementsix
Prefacexi




Reader, I Married Him

1(10)




A Matter of Necessity

11(16)




Take a Lady

27(28)




A Perfect Treadmill of Learning

55(30)




They Dwell Alone

85(32)




A Tabooed Woman

117(28)




A Contract without Equality

145(32)




A Lady with a Profession

177(26)




Epilogue

203(2)
Appendix205(2)
Notes207(30)
Bibliography237(16)
Index253