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Title:
The governess : an anthology
Author:
Broughton, Trev Lynn, 1959-
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Stroud, UK : Sutton, c1997.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312210892
Format :
Book

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Central Library LC41 .G62 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

The governess has haunted the British imagination since the eighteenth century, when in the indomitable person of the preceptress, she helped to define what it meant to be a rational woman. In the nineteenth century she evolved into a far more enigmatic figure, embodying both the hopes and fears of the moneyed classes and marking faultlines in the ideal of domestic femininity. Who was the Victorian governess and why did her fate inspire generations of novelists and reformers? This lively and engaging anthology brings together a huge range of material, from the classics--Emma, Jane Erye, Vanity Fair --to the less familiar popular fiction, journalism, memoirs, advice manuals, letters and school books--to give an insight into her life. Following a general introduction, individual chapters examine becoming a governess, the methods and skills of her working life, the problems it involved and the solutions offered by reformers, the experience of living away from home, and fantasies of and about the governess.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Enlightened Preceptress to Victorian Governess
Becoming a Governess
A working Life
Methods and Means
Environments
Heartrending Figures and Harrowing Facts: the Problem's of the Governess Life
Benevolence
Away from Home
Sex, Secrets and Subterfuge: Fantasies of the Governess
Bibliography
Further Reading

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