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This study day is led by Prof.Elaine Oswald and Prof. Maria Chester.

19th century art and literature has a fascination with the nature of femininity—it was clearly influenced by the ‘woman question’ at a time when the traditional patriarchal social structure was under stress. Images of women are a dominant theme in writing and painting; usually with a male author or artist gazing at women and portraying them as either saint or sinner, Madonna or whore. Women, as the object of the gaze, are thus idealized.

The popular Victorian image of the ideal woman was submissive, self-sacrificing, pious, and above all pure and devoted to her husband and children. Coventry Patmore called her ‘the Angel in the House’ and these idealized women are represented by Helen Burns or Miss Temple in Jane Eyre, Beth in Little Women, or Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop. In art, we can see her in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s early paintings of woman as a heavenly creature, as seen in his depictions of Mary in The Girlhood of Mary and Ecce Ancilla Domini.

If a woman departed from the social norm of marriage, motherhood and domestic life or had sex outside the confines of marriage she became known as a ‘fallen’ woman, exposing herself to a series of consequences including prostitution, disease, and an early death; think of Tess of the D’Urbervilles or Nancy in Bleak House. William Holman Hunt addresses the problem of the fallen woman in his painting The Awakening Conscience.

This talk will discuss 19th century literary depictions and paintings that portray these distinctive types of women giving a unique insight into Victorian double standards. A focus will be on Tennyson and Keats and their highly visual poems that inspired the Pre-Raphaelites.

There will be a 30 minute lunch break half way through the study session and hot drinks will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

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