Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Reading Women Writing)

By: Anderson, Amanda

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Prostitute, adulteress, unmarried woman who engages in sexual relations, victim of seduction--the Victorian "fallen woman" represents a complex array of stigmatized conditions. Amanda Anderson here reconsiders the familiar figure of the fallen woman within the context of mid-Victorian debates over the nature of selfhood, gender, and agency. In richly textured readings of works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others, she argues that depictions of fallen women express profound cultural anxieties about the very possibility of self-control and traditional moral responsibility.

Title: Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Reading Women Writing)

Author: Anderson, Amanda

Categories: European History,

Publisher: Cornell University Press: 1993

ISBN Number: 0801481481

ISBN Number 13: 9780801481482

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Type: European History

Seller ID: 142112

Keywords: Fallen , Woman, Prostitute, Adultress, Sexual , Relations, Seduction, Stigmata, Gender, Selfhood, Agency, Charles Dickens, Gaskell, Dante, Browning, Moral, Responsibility, Nineteenth, Century, 1800's Ideologies, Social, Reform, ,