From The Earliest Decades Of The Nineteenth Century, The Suburbs Were Maligned By The Aristocratic Elite As Dull Zones Of Low Cultural Ambition And Vulgarity, As Well As Generally Female Spaces Isolated From The Consequential Male World Of Commerce Sarah Bilston Argues That These Attitudes Were Forged To Undermine The Cultural Authority Of The Emerging Middle Class And To Reinforce Patriarchy By Trivializing Women S Work Resisting These Stereotypes, Bilston Reveals How Suburban Life Offered Ambitious Women, Especially Women Writers, Access To Supportive Communities And Opportunities For Literary And Artistic Experimentation As Well As Professional Advancement From Familiar Figures Such As The Sensation Author Mary Elizabeth Braddon To Interior Design Journalist Jane Ellen Panton And Garden Writer Jane Loudon, This Work Presents A Complicated Portrait Of How Women And English Society At Large Navigated A Fast Growing, Rapidly Changing Landscape
Sarah Bilston is associate professor of literature at Trinity College She is the author of The Awkward Age in Women s Popular Fiction, 1850 1900 and two novels, Bed Rest and Sleepless Nights.
- 296 pages
- The Promise of the Suburbs: A Victorian History in Literature and Culture
- Sarah Bilston
- 06 October 2019 Sarah Bilston