The Victorian Governess

The Victorian Governess The figure of the governess is very familiar from nineteenth century literature Much less is known about the governess in reality This book is the first rounded exploration of what the life of the hom

  • Title: The Victorian Governess
  • Author: KathrynHughes
  • ISBN: 9781852853259
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • The figure of the governess is very familiar from nineteenth century literature Much less is known about the governess in reality This book is the first rounded exploration of what the life of the home schoolroom was actually like Drawing on original diaries and a variety of previously undiscovered sources, Kathryn Hughes describes why the period 1840 80 was the classicThe figure of the governess is very familiar from nineteenth century literature Much less is known about the governess in reality This book is the first rounded exploration of what the life of the home schoolroom was actually like Drawing on original diaries and a variety of previously undiscovered sources, Kathryn Hughes describes why the period 1840 80 was the classic age of governesses 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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    1. Excellent overview of the Victorian governess and her place in society. Compares the reality of real governesses to their fictional counterparts. Very interesting.

    2. For Americans reading 19th century English novels, or modern historical novels set in that place and time, there are three British institutions that are very foreign to one’s experiences and which often produce puzzlement: The public school, the gentleman’s club, and the governess. In the centuries before the reign of Queen Victoria, the upper classes in Britain fostered the notion of home education for the daughters of the family, and the person who oversaw that education was the governess. [...]

    3. Well-done. Hughes briefly summarizes literature featuring governesses, but primary sources are the focus of the book, including diaries, letters, and statistical reports from the era. Topics range from a Victorian-era report that offers a breakdown of the numbers of female lunatics by their former professions - former governesses form the highest percentage of female lunatics - to why a governess in a middle-class household was much more likely to be subjected to abuse and unfair treatment than [...]

    4. I learned more about the governess than I ever knew or really wanted to know. It was incredible to learn that the “governess trope” is not just a fascination for Brontë fan-girls or Victorian-era scholars—she was the subject of interest for a much wider audience. She was written about in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and, as Kathryn Hughes points out in her book, many pornographic novels by men. Can you believe that?! There’s so much more to this “governess trope” than just the idea [...]

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