For too long historians have imposed on the literature a restricted narrative of Victorian attitudes to prostitution. Instead, Attwood argues for a multifaceted, many-layered representation amongst contemporary Victorian observers, demonstrated using political, medical, feminist, literary and pornographic sources. The picture that emerges of Victorian society is complex and fluid, rather than a static stereotype.
'makes an important contribution to ongoing scholarship ... we glean more insight into the often troubling, contradictory attitudes and opinions toward prostitution that continue to this day.' Journal of the History of Sexuality
Introduction: The Great Social Evil: Representing the Victorian Prostitute 1 White-Washed Sepulchres and Wives of Englishmen: William Acton's Representation of English Prostitutes 2 From 'Masses of Rottenness' to the 'Queen's Women': The Report of the Royal Commission (1871) 3 Mothers, Sisters and Shameless Women: Josephine Butler and the Victorian Prostitute 4 Mercy and Grace: Wilkie Collins and The New Magdalen 5 My Secret Life and the Pornographic Representation of Prostitution Conclusion: Countering the Myth
Series: "The Body, Gender and Culture"
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.43