Watching Hannah: Sexuality, Horror and Bodily de-Formation in Victorian England

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Arthur Munby (1828 1910) was a Victorian gentleman from a respected family of Yorkshire lawyers. He left behind diaries that record his life-long obsession with working-class Victorian women, whom he interviewed, photographed and wrote about. This obsession led to his relationship with, and eventual secret marriage to, his maidservant Hannah Cullwick. Working women fascinated Munby because they disrupted his Victorian ideal of femininity: their bodies were altered by physical exertion and dirt, and they were also often ...

Watching Hannah: Sexuality, Horror and Bodily de-Formation in Victorian England 2004, Reaktion Books, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781861891198

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