By Simon Morgan
Whereas a dead ringer for bourgeois Victorian girls as 'angels in the home' remoted from the realm in deepest domesticity has lengthy been disregarded as an unrealistic perfect, girls have remained marginalised in lots of contemporary bills of the general public tradition of the center type. Simon Morgan goals to redress the stability, by means of drawing on quite a few assets together with inner most files he argues that girls really performed a massive function within the formation of the general public id of the Victorian center classification. via their aid for cultural and philanthropic institutions and their engagement in political campaigns, girls built a nascent civic id, which for a few educated their later calls for for political rights. heart category girls and Victorian Public tradition deals quite a few insights for the reader into the general public lives of ladies during this interesting interval.
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Such arguments could contain a significant element of patriotism. 15 Thus woman’s influence found itself becoming part of the myth of Britain’s ‘civilizing mission’ abroad. 16 Women also had a duty to encourage public spirit in their children: 40 A VICTORIAN WOMAN’S PLACE ‘It is, as we have again and again repeated, the whole tone of the mother’s mind and habits of thought, which influences the associations and principles of her children; if then men early heard the language of enlightened patriotism from their mothers, can we believe it would remain without effect?
As the commercial and professional attractions of Leeds brought educated men to the town, many of whom had travelled widely and witnessed the glorious architectural and artistic heritage of continental cities, pressure grew to create a town that reflected visually and intellectually the great economic wealth being created there. Such aspirations were reflected in the emergence of locally produced literary periodicals, in conscious imitation of the national quarterlies, whose correspondence pages suggest they were widely read beyond the confines of the West Riding.
17 By extending this influence to their husbands, women could also exercise a more immediate effect on the moral standards of public life. ’18 In its own way this was very much a subversive idea. It was just such activity in public life that supposedly formed the basis of middle-class claims to represent the nation through ‘public opinion’. Success in business was a proof of moral probity. However, harking back to the civic humanist traditions of the eighteenth century, many women writers stressed the temptations and conflicts of the economic and political lives of the ‘public man’ in order to press the claim of women both to a moral high ground and to the necessity of being given a greater understanding of the temptations that their husbands faced.
A Victorian Woman's Place: Public Culture in the Nineteeth Century (International Library of Historical Studies) by Simon Morgan