Thursday 12 August 2010

Love in the Time of Victoria

Dipping into the ICAs new online archives of lectures, not many dealing with Victorian history, but an interesting handful. Just listened to "Ruth Rendell discusses with author Francoise Barret-Ducrocq the themes explored in her book Love in the Time of Victoria: Sexuality, Class and Gender in Nineteenth-Century London (Verso, 1991)."

Quite fascinating and makes me want to read the book. I hadn't realised it was about records garnered from women who abandoned their children at the Founding Hospital. The lecture is only spoilt by the rather querelous tone of the first questioner at the end. Why do people feel the need to be so combative when asking questions? Bizarre.

Anyway, step back in time to a lecture from 1991 ... click here if you'd like to listen to it.

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