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Gloria Hoare

Are You Sitting Pretty? Women and the Chaise-longue: the Making and Breaking of the Victorian Home.

Inspired by Marghanita Laski’s 1953 novella The Victorian Chaise-longue, my research explores the relationship between women and this strangely ubiquitous piece of furniture in the last three decades of the nineteenth century. It combines a study of the chaise-longue as a Victorian thing with an analysis of its symbolic capacity in later Victorian novels in order to explore women’s interaction with material culture at the ideologically charged point of homemaking.

Supervisor: Dr Carolyn Burdett.

Image: George Elgar Hicks Good Night, 1863