The Victorian Parlour

The Victorian Parlour

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The parlour was the centre of the Victorian home and, as Thad Logan shows, the place where contemporary conflicts about domesticity and gender relations were frequently played out. In The Victorian Parlour: A Cultural Study, Logan uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines the perspectives of art history, social history and literary theory to describe and analyse the parlour as a cultural artefact. She offers a detailed investigation of specific objects in the parlour, and argues that these things articulated social meaning and could present symbolic resolutions to disturbances in the social field. The book concludes with a discussion of how representations of the parlour in literature and art reveal the pleasures and anxieties associated with Victorian domestic life.167 A longer version is also given: The petals, leaves, aamp;c., of flowers, are made of sheets of coloured wax. ... The best guide to the construction of a flower - far better than printed diagrams or patterns - is to take a flower, say a tulip, a rose, or aanbsp;...

Title:The Victorian Parlour
Author:Thad Logan
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2001-07-05


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