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on 15 February 2010
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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