Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Godey's Lady's Magazine v. 40 (1850) Link

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015004111095;seq=15;view=1up;num=iii

Reading Questions:


Click on different pages of the text, and skim some of the articles.
  • What generalizations can you make about Victorian culture based on Godey's?
  • What is featured in the section entitled "The Work Table"? What does this say about a middle-class Victorian woman's perception of "work"?  (I have this available as a separate handout because it is on multiple pages)

Read the Godey's entry "The Sphere of Woman" (Goethe) and examine its accompanying illustration.  (This article also is a part of the separate handout).
  • How does Goethe define the role of the Victorian woman?
  • How does he see the woman's role as having advantages over the man's role?
  • On what is the woman "dependent"?
  • How does the image complement the text?

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