This course will take place online.
Virginia Woolf wrote of the "angel in the house", the ideal of Victorian femininity laid down in Coventry Patmore’s poem of the same name. Patmore’s poem said that women would have to kill it "with an inkpot". Meanwhile, Queen Victoria said feminists should be whipped.
No wonder Florence Nightingale exclaimed, with palpable frustration, "Why have women passion, moral activity—these three—and a place in society where no one of the three can be exercised?"
Join this course to learn how women from all backgrounds fought a hard and bitter battle for the right to agency, political participation, and control over their own bodies throughout the nineteenth century.
Who is this course for?
Everyone interested in Victorian London history, women’s history, feminism, and ideas about women’s sexuality. No expertise needed, just an interest in the subjects covered.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a computer or other device to connect with Zoom and a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
Image: Mike Henbrey Archive
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt how:
- Feminism developed throughout the nineteenth century as women of all classes and backgrounds fought for their rights
- Harsh a backlash women faced in the battle to control their lives, loves, and sexualities.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Louise Raw
Dr Louise Raw is a historian, author and guest history contributor on BBC Radio London.
Her fascination with the Bryant & May Matchwomen’s real, untold story led to 20 years’ research and the book "Striking a Light", plus an annual Matchwomen’s Festival in Bow.
She has appeared on Radio 4, and in various "history telly", from Who Do You Think You Are to The Victorian Slum.
How the kinks and cruelty of Victoria’s father drove a royal morality drive
The Housewife Empress
The battle of the sexes
The Pretty Horse Breakers
Public personas, sex work, and respectability
Killing Me Softly
Female mental health
The Professional Housewife
Home and self as a "woman’s job"
New Women, Old Men
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 21:00
- £95/£71 conc.
- Dr Louise Raw
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