By M. O'Cinneide
Aristocratic ladies flourished within the Victorian literary global, their mix of sophistication privilege and gendered exclusion producing distinctively socialized modes of participation in cultural and political job. Their writing bargains an important trope during which to think about the character of political, inner most and public spheres. This e-book is an exam of the literary, social, and political value of the lives and writings of aristocratic girls within the mid-Victorian interval.
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Despite heavy fictionalising of her relationship with Byron, the problem (from Society’s point of view) is that she fictionalises the wrong aspects: the central relationship remains too close to her own in its frenzied obsession, if not in its surroundings and conclusion. The main sin for an aristocratic woman in the Regency period was the making of a scene, and Glenarvon unquestionably constituted making a scene. The upshot was that, unlike her aunt, Lamb’s quasi-autobiographical writing proved the final straw and sealed her social exile.
The domestic memoir as an existing tradition also opened up opportunities for aristocratic women’s more directly autobiographical writing. The same factors of rank and documentation that ensured the publishing of husbands’ and sons’ papers gave at least partial validation to upper-class women’s memoirs. The Countess of Brownlow, Emma Sophia Cust, produced Reminiscences of a Septuagenarian from 1802 to 1815 in 1868. The turn of the century and the end of Victorianism as such produced several memoirs, such as Lady Randolph Churchill’s Reminiscences (1908) and Lady Dorothy Nevill’s cluster of recollections, while the Countess of Jersey produced her Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life as late as 1922.
The Countess of Brownlow, Emma Sophia Cust, produced Reminiscences of a Septuagenarian from 1802 to 1815 in 1868. The turn of the century and the end of Victorianism as such produced several memoirs, such as Lady Randolph Churchill’s Reminiscences (1908) and Lady Dorothy Nevill’s cluster of recollections, while the Countess of Jersey produced her Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life as late as 1922. 46 Such a mode of autobiography was largely rooted in lower-class experience, particularly accounts of actresses such as the scandalous Narrative of the Life of Mrs Charlotte Charke (1755).
Aristocratic Women and the Literary Nation, 1832-1867 (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture) by M. O'Cinneide