Victorian London's Middle-Class Housewife: What She Did All Day

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Through a detailed description of the life and activities of the middle-class married woman of London between 1875 and 1900, this study reveals how housewives unwittingly became engines for change as the new century neared. In marked contrast to the stereotypical depictions of Victorian women in literature and on television Draznin reveal a woman seldom seen: the ordinary stay-at-home housewife whose activities were not much different than those of her counterparts today. By exploring her normal activities; how she cleaned her home, disciplined her children, managed her servants, stretched a limited budget and, later in life began to indulge herself, one discovers a human dimension to women who lived more than a century ago. While most studies of this period consider values, aspirations, and attitudes, this book concentrates on actions, what these women did all day, to provide readers with a new perspective on Victorian life.

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