The governess has haunted the British imagination since the eighteenth century, when in the indomitable person of the preceptress, she helped to define what it meant to be a rational woman. In the nineteenth century she evolved into a far more enigmatic figure, embodying both the hopes and fears of the moneyed classes and marking faultlines in the ideal of domestic femininity. Who was the Victorian governess and why did her fate inspire generations of novelists and reformers? This lively and engaging anthology brings together a huge range of material, from the classics--Emma, Jane Erye, Vanity Fair --to the less familiar popular fiction, journalism, memoirs, advice manuals, letters and school books--to give an insight into her life. Following a general introduction, individual chapters examine becoming a governess, the methods and skills of her working life, the problems it involved and the solutions offered by reformers, the experience of living away from home, and fantasies of and about the governess.
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Trev Broughton is Director of the Center for Women's Studies at the University of York, and has lectured there since 1986.
Ruth Symes is Director of Studies at the Norwegian Study Center at the University of York, and has lectured there since 1995.
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Descripción Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110312210892
Descripción Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0312210892