Gothic and the Victorian Home

Authored by: Tamara Wagner

The Gothic World

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415637442
eBook ISBN: 9780203490013
Adobe ISBN: 9781135053062

10.4324/9780203490013.ch10

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Abstract

Victorian ideologies of domesticity establish the home as “the shelter, not only from all injury, but from all terror, doubt, and division,” as John Ruskin famously phrased it in Sesame and Lilies (1865):

In so far as it is not this, it is not home; so far as the anxieties of the outer life penetrate into it, and the inconsistently-minded, unknown, unloved, or hostile society of the outer world is allowed by either husband or wife to cross the threshold, it ceases to be home; it is then only a part of that outer world which you have roofed over, and lighted fire in.

(Ruskin 1908: 122)

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