Victorianism

Victorianism - Victorianism-background notes Queen Victoria on the throne of England 1837-1901 Term Victorian not coined until the 1920s Fig leaves

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Victorianism—background notes Queen Victoria on the throne of England, 1837-1901. Term Victorian not coined until the 1920s. Fig leaves placed on genitalia of statues. Shakespeare’s plays were performed with the bawdy language of the comic characters taken out. Thomas Bowdler published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare. From him came the word “bowdlerize.” Language was cleaned up in polite speech: underclothes became lingerie, with child became pregnant. When she was expecting a child, a proper woman did not go out in public once her pregnancy began to show. Mothers did not discuss sex with their daughters, and many a young woman entered marriage knowing nothing about sex. Some historians argue that a proper woman was not supposed to have an orgasm; other historians disagree. Historian Barbara Welter has argued that a “cult of true womanhood” existed in the 19 th century, and that women were supposed to be “pure, pious, domestic, and submissive.” She has read a good many
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2009 for the course HIST 245gm taught by Professor Banner during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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Victorianism - Victorianism-background notes Queen Victoria on the throne of England 1837-1901 Term Victorian not coined until the 1920s Fig leaves

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