Publisher description for The Victorian parlour / Thad Logan.

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Counter The parlour was the centre of the Victorian home and, as Thad Logan shows, the place where contemporary conflicts about domesticity and gender relations were frequently played out. In The Victorian Parlour: A Cultural Study, Logan uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines the perspectives of art history, social history, and literary theory to describe and analyze the parlour as a cultural artefact. She offers a detailed investigation of specific objects in the parlour, and argues that these things articulated social meaning and could present symbolic resolutions to disturbances in the social field. The book concludes with a discussion of how representations of the parlour in literature and art reveal the pleasures and anxieties associated with Victorian domestic life.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English literature 19th century History and criticism, Home in literature, Literature and society Great Britain History 19th century, House furnishings Great Britain History 19th century, Living rooms Great Britain History 19th century, Great Britain Social life and customs 19th century, Domestic fiction, English History and criticism, House furnishings in literature