Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture
Prostitute, adulteress, unmarried woman who engages in sexual relations, victim of seduction--the Victorian "fallen woman" represents a complex array of stigmatized conditions. Amanda Anderson here reconsiders the familiar figure of the fallen woman within the context of mid-Victorian debates over the nature of selfhood, gender, and agency. In richly textured readings of works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others, she argues that depictions of fallen women express profound cultural anxieties about the very possibility of self-control and traditional moral responsibility.
... see Tracy C. Davis , Actresses as Working Women , and Mary Jean Corbett , Representing Femininity 107–29 . For a discussion of representations of prostitution in nineteenthcentury France that elaborates the concept of transformative ...
Davis , Tracy C. Actresses as Working Women : Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture . London : Routledge , 1991 . de Lauretis , Teresa . Alice Doesn't : Feminism , Semiotics , Cinema . Bloomington : Indiana University Press ...
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