The fallen woman. Representations in dominant victorian discourses

An analysis with focus on the female prostitute

Author: Tabea Halbmeyer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag


Category: History

Page: 46

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2013 in the subject History Europe - Other Countries - Modern Times, Absolutism, Industrialization, grade: 1,0, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, language: English, abstract: The aim of this paper is to outline the complexity of the representations of the ‘fallen woman.’ All representations involved the fear of deviancy and the attempt to preserve the social and moral order. However, the strategies to deal with the ‘problem’ called ‘fallen woman’ were divergent. This paper is structured along modern forms of thinking. In Victorian times the differentiation of the religious, medical, judicial and literary fields was not as clear-cut as it is today. For this reason, the primary texts selected for the distinctive chapters might appear to belong to several discourses, not just the one assigned to them. It will become evident that the discourses on the ‘fallen woman’ reveal similar representations as well as contradictory ones. Even though the structure proposes the separation of the representations as victim and as threat, there are overlaps and the distinctions are not as definite as the outline suggests. In order to demonstrate basic ideas about the ‘fallen woman,’ there will be a strong focus on the female prostitute. Many aspects of the discourse on the ‘fallen woman’ become clear when looking at the topic of prostitution, which was thematized in Victorian culture and politics. Moreover, the term ‘stereotype’ will play a major role in this analysis.

The Fallen Woman in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

Author: George Watt

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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A sympathetic view of the fallen women in Victorian England begins in the novel. First published in 1984, this book shows that the fallen woman in the nineteenth-century novel is, amongst other things, a direct response to the new society. Through the examination of Dickens, Gaskell, Collins, Moore, Trollope, Gissing and Hardy, it demonstrates that the fallen woman is the first in a long line of sympathetic creations which clash with many prevailing social attitudes, and especially with the supposedly accepted dichotomy of the ‘two women’. This book will be of interest to students of nineteenth-century literature and women in literature.

Redemption of a Fallen Woman

Author: Joanna Fulford

Publisher: Harlequin


Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Harry Montague must discover the truth about his family's missing heir—for better or worse. But his thoughts are sidetracked from the moment he first sees Elena Ruiz, beautiful and fierce in her bright red dress. She's innocent, yet Spanish society has condemned her. Harry can help this woman in need with the security of a marriage made on paper—but nothing more. For his heart is armoured by pain and regret from the past. And yet soon he finds himself fighting an unexpected longing for his new wife that grows each day...

Woman and the Demon

The Life of a Victorian Myth

Author: Nina Auerbach

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 255

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Analyzes the Victorian conception of both demonic and divine nature of women in Victorian art and literature

The Wages of Sin

Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film, 1928-1942

Author: Lea Jacobs

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

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Examines how film censors and producers treated the "fallen woman" or "sex picture" subject.

Fallenness in Victorian Women's Writing

Marry, Stitch, Die, Or Do Worse

Author: Deborah Anna Logan

Publisher: University of Missouri Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Logan's study is distinguished by its exclusive focus on women writers, including Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Florence Nightingale, Sarah Grand, and Mary Prince. Logan utilizes primary texts from these Victorian writers as well as contemporary critics such as Catherine Gallagher and Elaine Showalter to provide the background on social factors that contributed to the construction of fallen-woman discourse.

Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work

Author: Melissa Hope Ditmore

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Prostitution

Page: 782

View: 800

This major 2-volume set is the first to treat in an inclusive reference what is usually considered a societal failing and the underside of sexuality and economic survival.

The Internationalism of Irish Literature and Drama

Author: International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature. Triennial Conference

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 361

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This book contains the proceedings of the Seventh Triennial Conference of the I.A.S.A.I.L. held at Coleraine in July of 1988.

Women in Literature

Reading Through the Lens of Gender

Author: Michael B. Snyder

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 358

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Looks at gender-related themes in ninety-six of the most frequently taught works of fiction, including "Anna Karenina," "Brave New World," "Great Expectations," and "Lord of the Flies."

Student Companion to Thomas Hardy

Author: Rosemarie Morgan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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Introduces the life and work of the English author, with critiques on his major works and an analysis of his contributions to the field of world literature.

Family Matters in the British and American Novel

Author: Andrea O'Reilly Herrera

Publisher: Popular Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Contributors examine the literature that challenges widely held assumptions about the form of the family, familial authority patterns, and the function of courtship, marriage, and family life from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Topics include: the family as a microcosm of the larger political sphere in Charlotte Smith, Jane West, Elizabeth Fenwick, Mrs. Opie, and Mary Shelley, and alternatives to the nuclear patriarchal family in Charlotte Bront�, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Mary Louisa Molesworth.

Victorian Transformations

Genre, Nationalism and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Author: Bianca Tredennick

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Proposing the concept of transformation as a key to understanding the Victorian period, this collection explores the protean ways in which the nineteenth century conceived of, responded to, and created change. The volume focuses on literature, particularly issues related to genre, nationalism, and desire. For example, the essays suggest that changes in the novel's form correspond with shifting notions of human nature in Victor Hugo's Notre-Dame de Paris; technical forms such as the villanelle and chant royal are crucial bridges between Victorian and Modernist poetics; Victorian theater moves from privileging the text to valuing the spectacles that characterized much of Victorian staging; Carlyle's Past and Present is a rallying cry for replacing the static and fractured language of the past with a national language deep in shared meaning; Dante Gabriel Rossetti posits unachieved desire as the means of rescuing the subject from the institutional forces that threaten to close down and subsume him; and the return of Adelaide Anne Procter's fallen nun to the convent in "A Legend of Provence" can be read as signaling a more modern definition of gender and sexuality that allows for the possibility of transgressive desire within society. The collection concludes with an essay that shows neo-Victorian authors like John Fowles and A. S. Byatt contending with the Victorian preoccupations with gender and sexuality.

Reading the Pre-Raphaelites

Author: Tim Barringer

Publisher: Yale University Press


Category: Art

Page: 176

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This illustrated book focuses on the Pre-Raphaelite artists and their radical departure from artistic conventions. Barringer explores the meanings encoded in Pre-Raphaelite paintings and analyses key pictures and their significance within the complex social and cultural matrix of 19th century Britain.

Fallen Women

A Sceptical Enquiry Into the Treatment of Prostitutes, Their Clients and Their Pimps, in Literature

Author: Martin Seymour-Smith



Category: Prostitutes in literature

Page: 210

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Women, Writing and the Public Sphere, 1700-1830

Author: Elizabeth Eger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 343

An international team of specialists examine the dynamic relation between women and the public sphere.

The Culture of Capital

Art, Power and the Nineteenth-Century Middle Class

Author: Janet Wolff

Publisher: Manchester University Press


Category: Art and society

Page: 236

View: 935