By M. O'Cinneide
Aristocratic ladies flourished within the Victorian literary global, their blend of sophistication privilege and gendered exclusion producing distinctively socialized modes of participation in cultural and political task. Their writing deals an important trope by which to think about the character of political, deepest and public spheres. This ebook is an exam of the literary, social, and political importance of the lives and writings of aristocratic girls within the mid-Victorian interval.
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In other words, a roman á clef tends to achieve greatest commercial success when it confirms to a wider audience that the inhabitants of elite circles act in just the way that everyone hopes they do – generally, badly. Intimacy with these questionable circles can then become both a basis for writing, and an obstacle to professional credibility. The debates surrounding the early Reform period gave an urgently political charge to ideas of social exclusivity, with which silver fork novelists could engage to mediate upon the nature, societal value, and future of aristocratic authorship.
21 This page intentionally left blank 1 Aristocratic Lives: Life-Writing, Class and Authority Although this is an autobiography, and consequently I, it is nevertheless not Me. Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Miriam Sedley (1851) I. 1 In this chapter, I consider the ways in which aristocratic women’s life-writing seeks cross-class cultural authority from the narration of elite lives. It commences with an examination of the generic traditions of autobiography and biography as the Victorians constructed them.
Even the publisher Henry Colburn, a hardened retailer of scandal, began to feel uneasy at his role in the Diary’s publication,67 probably wishing he had confined himself to Blessington’s Conversations (which he also published) and to the ‘silver fork’ fiction that, as the next chapter will discuss, had proved a profitable and reasonably safe mode of presenting high society scandal. By 1838, with a newly crowned Victoria on the throne, the rule of her uncle was already fast becoming the epitome of pre-Reform aristocratic unwholesomeness, a period to be left behind by all classes, but also to be looked back upon with suitable disapproval.
Aristocratic Women and the Literary Nation, 1832-1867 (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture) by M. O'Cinneide