Affections and Domesticities

Writings on Victorian Family Life (First Edition)
Edited by Kevin A. Morrison
©2016, 652 pages

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    Affections and Domesticities: Writings on Victorian Family Life is a collection of key poems, excerpts from prose works, and full-length texts that explore the complexities of emotional life during the British Victorian period. The material introduces readers to the Victorian idealization of the family as well as challenges to the family's moral authority.

    The first section, “Domestic Affections,” offers a glimpse into Victorian courtship and marriage through poetry and prose works that articulate expectations surrounding conjugal relations.

    The second section, “Domestic Affairs and Management,” features excerpts from a variety of primary sources including etiquette guides, cookbooks, child-rearing manuals, and sermons. These provide insight into the roles of husbands and wives and the Victorian notion of the idealized innocent child who functions as the center of the family.

    The third section, “Domestic Revolts, Refusals, and Hesitations,” uncovers growing discontent with aspects of middle-class family life and traces the emergence of the New Woman, a figure who flouted conventional gender norms and expectations.

    Featuring material not available in any single text, Affections and Domesticities is ideal for British literature survey and Victorian literature courses. The nature and subject matter of the readings also make the book suitable for interdisciplinary courses in women's and gender studies and Victorian culture.

    Kevin A. Morrison earned his Ph.D. in English literature at Rice University and specializes in Victorian literature and culture. Now an assistant professor at Syracuse University, Dr. Morrison teaches courses in Victorian love poetry, literary urban studies, and the Victorian family. His work has been published in numerous journals including Novel: A Forum on Fiction, European Romantic Review, and Victorian Literature and Culture. He is working on a book-length study, Frames of Mind, which examines the relationships among Victorian literary form, political thought, and material culture.
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