The Victorian age began as an age of realism, in literature and art, and of nationalism and romanticism in music and culture. By the end of the century, however, the high noon of Victorian culture was starting to give way to more disturbing developments - the disintegration of musical tonality, the emergence of abstract art, the eruption of the 'primitive' into cultural styles and the arrival of modernism onto the artistic scene. This lecture examines the characteristics of Victorian culture and the reasons for its decline. The focus of the lectures will be on identifying and analysing six key areas of the Victorian experience, looking at them in international perspective.
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Museum no. According to their own testimonies, many people born in the Victorian age were both factually uninformed and emotionally frigid about sexual matters. Historically, it appeared that the licentious behaviour and attitudes of the Regency period had been replaced by a new order of puritan control and repression - personified by the censorious figure of Mrs Grundy - which was imposed by the newly dominant bourgeoisie, steadily permeated all classes, and lasted well into the 20th century. Then a hypocritical 'shadow side' to this public denial was glimpsed, in the 'secret world' of Victorian prostitution and pornography, and more openly in the 'naughty nineties'. These perspectives were contested by the French scholar Michel Foucault reminding us that Victorian attitudes were not confined to Britain , who argued that sex was not censored but subject to obsessive discussion as a central discourse of power, bent on regulation rather than suppression.
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The concept of childhood began to change during the 19th century and by the end of the Victorian era the sphere of 'childhood' was viewed by the middle class as quite separate from that of the adult world. Earlier generations of children had been exposed to the hardships and responsibilities of adult life but a new shift in attitude created an expectation that a child's life should be one of innocence and dependence. This 19th shift in attitude was due in part to the industrialization and urbanization of England. Children who had once laboured on the land in small communities were increasingly employed in factories as their working class parents sought the economic opportunities of the cities. Working and living conditions for the working classes grew increasingly harsh and the social reform acts of the later 19th century attempted to improve the lives of the working poor.
This website is owned and operated by BetterHelp, who receives all fees associated with the platform. These moral views are widely regarded as austere and non-indulgent. Victorian morality also displayed zero tolerance towards sexual promiscuity and breaches of the law. Furthermore, individuals from this time are reported as maintaining incredibly dour dispositions.