Material Relations: Domestic Interiors and Middle-Class Families in England, 1850-1910 by Jane HamlettMaterial Relations: Domestic Interiors and Middle-Class Families in England, 1850-1910 by Jane Hamlett

Material Relations: Domestic Interiors and Middle-Class Families in England, 1850-1910

byJane Hamlett

Hardcover | November 29, 2010

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Material relations tells the story of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century middle-class families by exploring the domestic spaces they inhabited and the material goods they prized. By opening the doors of the house, the book sheds new light on aspects of family life including love,marriage, sex, childhood and death. Historians have argued that as the nineteenth century waned, domestic spaces became increasingly private. Material relations challenges this, contending that domestic space created a complex series of family intimacies. Drawing upon novels, advice manuals and magazines, alongside sources for everyday use such as diaries, autobiographies, sale catalogues and inventories, wills and photographs, this fascinating book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of modern history, English literature,cultural studies, social geography, history of art and history of design.
Jane Hamlett is Lecturer in Modern British History at Royal Holloway University of London.
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Title:Material Relations: Domestic Interiors and Middle-Class Families in England, 1850-1910Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.41 × 7.01 × 0.91 inPublished:November 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719078636

ISBN - 13:9780719078637

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Inside the middle-class home: space and the limits of the private * Material marriages: creating domestic interiors, defining marital relationships *  “Tiresome trips downstairs”: childhood experience and the domestic interior * Leaving home: schools, colleges and lodgings * Death, memory and the reconstruction of home * Epilogue: from Victorian to Modern? * Bibliography * Index

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"This is an interesting, worthwhile book which brings together a mass of recent research: it is robustly interdisciplinary in its approach while raising a series of important historical questions about our understanding of Victorian home life."