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The Spectacle of Intimacy:
A Public Life for the Victorian Family
Karen Chase & Michael Levenson

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List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
INTRODUCTION The Trouble with Families 3
PART ONE: The Political Theater of Domesticity
CHAPTER ONE The Trials of Caroline Norton: Poetry, Publicity, and the Prime Minister 21
CHAPTER TWO: The Young Queen and the Parliamentary Bedchamber: "I never saw a man so frightened" 46
PART Two: Beneath the Banner of Home t
CHAPTER THREE Sarah Stickney Ellis: The Ardent Woman and the Abject Wife 65
CHAPTER FOUR Tom's Pinch: The Sexual Serpent beside the Dickensian Fireside 86
PART THREE: Was That an Angel in the House?
CHAPTER FIVE Love after Death: The Deceased Wife's Sister Bill 105
CHAPTER SIX The Transvestite, the Bloomer, and the Nightingale 121
PART FOUR: The Architecture of Comfort and Ruin
CHAPTER SEVEN On the Parapets of Privacy: Walls of Wealth and Dispossession 143
CHAPTER EIGHT Robert Kerr: The Gentleman's House and the One-Room Solution 156
PART FIVE: The Sensations of Respectability
CHAPTER NINE The Empire of Divorce: Single Women, the Bill of 1857, and Revolt in India
CHAPTER TEN Bigamy and Modernity: The Case of Mary Elizabeth Braddon 201
EPILOGUE: Between Manual and Spectacle 215
Notes 221
Index 247

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