Disciplines of Virtue

Girls' Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Author(s): 
Vallone, Lynne
ISBN: 
0300061722
Date published: 
January 1995
Paperback
Price: 
£17.95
Pages: 
240

In British and American representations of girlhood during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, adolescent girls were viewed both as figures of adornment and as creatures in need of refuge, rescue and reform. This engrossing book investigates such portrayals of girlhood by analysing children's and adult literature, conduct manuals, religious tracts, institutions for wayward girls, as well as social practices and phenomena, including the dowry system and the domestic science movement.