Status of Women in Victorian Age

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Masaryk University Faculty of Arts Department of English and American Studies English Language and Literature Klára Danielová Victorian Women and Their Representation in Selected Sherlock Holmes Stories Bachelor‟s Diploma Thesis Supervisor: PhDr. Lidia Kyzlinková, CSc., M.Litt. 2009 I declare that I have worked on this thesis independently, using only the primary and secondary sources listed in the bibliography. …………………………………………….. Klára Danielová 2 I would like to thank my supervisor, PhDr. Lidia Kyzlinková, CSc., M.Litt., for her patience and kindness with which she assisted me with writing my thesis. 3 CONTENTS Introduction .....................................................................................................5 I. Victorian Women ........................................................................................8 I.1 Victorian England and Her Women ............................................................8 I.2 Working-Class Women: The Issues of Class and Occupation ....................9 I.3 Upper-Class Women: Their Home and Social Responsibilities..................11 I.4 The Middle Class and the Issues of Homemaking ......................................12 I.5 Free Time Activities and the Double Standard ...........................................15 I.6 Women‟s Education: Prejudice and Development ......................................17 I.7 Married Women: Their Rights and Property ...............................................20 I.8 Victorian Marriage: Making and Purpose ...................................................22 I.9 Married Life: The Issues of Sex and Divorce .............................................23 I.10 Spinsters, Bachelors and Their Social Status ............................................25 II. The Representation of Women in Selected Sherlock Holmes Stories ...27 II. I The Case of
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