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Domestic Space: Reading the Nineteenth-century Interior [Hardcover]

Inga Bryden , Janet Floyd
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5 Aug 1999 0719054508 978-0719054501
This volume takes forward the debate about 19th-century domestic space, drawing on economic history and literary criticism. To date, studies of 19th-century domestic space have discussed a feminized, middle class "sphere", often using domestic guides and fictional representations of domesticity to generate their arguments. This collection explores a range of theoretical issues. The authors include: Lynne Walker and Vron Ware writing on the abolitionist interior, Ann Colley investigating childhood space, Sarah Milan on the consequences of Victorian gas lighting and S.J. Kleinberg reviewing the boundaries of privacy and domesticity in the 19th century United States. The editors have avoided an exclusive focus on the bourgeois home and to stimulate an historcized discussion of material culture.

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (5 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719054508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719054501
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,189,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The introduction gives interesting references which situate the collection of essays in the wider context of the relevant scholarship. Most useful.

The individual essays are written from different points of view and about a wide variety of material. The reader is able to pick and mix according to their own liking and interest.

Inga Bryden and Janet Floyd, Introduction, 1
Carolyn Steedman, What a rag rug means, 18
Ann C. Colley, Bodies and mirrors: the childhood interiors of Ruskin, Pater and Stevenson, 40
Lynne Walker and Vron Ware, Political pincushions: decorating the abolitionist interior 1787-1865, 58
Sarah Milan, Refracting the gaselier: understanding Victorian responses to domestic gas lighting, 84
Moira Donald, Tranquil havens? Critiquing the idea of home as the middle-class sanctuary, 103
Martin Hewitt, District visiting and the constitution of domestic space in the mid-nineteenth century, 121
S.J. Kleinberg, Gendered space: housing, privacy and domesticity in the nineteenth-century United States, 142
Alan Louis Ackerman, Jr, Theatre and the private sphere in the fiction of Louisa May Alcott, 162
Sarah Luria, The architecture of manners: Henry James, Edith Wharton and The Mount, 186
Index, 211
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