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Author Marcus, Sharon, 1966-
Title Between women : friendship, desire, and marriage in Victorian England / Sharon Marcus.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2007.

Author Marcus, Sharon, 1966-
Subject Women -- England -- History.
Women -- Social networks -- England.
Lesbians -- England -- History.
Female friendship -- England.
Women in literature.
Description 1 online resource (x, 356 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-346) and index.
Contents The female relations of Victorian England -- Friendship and the play of the system -- Just reading: female friendship and the marriage plot -- Dressing up and dressing down the feminine plaything -- The female accessory in Great expectations -- The genealogy of marriage -- Contracting female marriage in Can you forgive her? -- Woolf, Wilde and girl dates.
Summary Women in Victorian England wore jewelry made from each other's hair and wrote poems celebrating decades of friendship. They pored over magazines that described the dangerous pleasures of corporal punishment. A few had sexual relationships with each other, exchanged rings and vows, willed each other property, and lived together in long-term partnerships described as marriages. But, as Sharon Marcus shows, these women were not seen as gender outlaws. Their desires were fanned by consumer culture and their friendships and unions were accepted and even encouraged by family, society, and church. Far from being sexless angels defined only by male desires, Victorian women openly enjoyed looking at and even dominating other women. Their friendships helped realize the ideal of companionate love between men and women celebrated by novels, and their unions influenced politicians and social thinkers to reform marriage law.--From publisher description.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
ISBN 9781400830855 (electronic bk.)
1400830850 (electronic bk.)
0691128200 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780691128207 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0691128359 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780691128351 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 3087350
OCLC # 608173197
Additional Format Print version: Marcus, Sharon, 1966- Between women. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2007 (DLC) 2006020026 (OCoLC)70167639

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