Kari Nixon
Scholar of Medical Humanities and Victorian Literature


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In this brief encyclopedia entry, I assessed trends in Victorian Handbooks giving advice to mothers. I covered both famous writers, lesser-known ones, and guide books which had successful sales, and then tracked what has and hasn’t changed since the Victorian era in regards to the advice we given women.

Publication Info: Forthcoming. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing.

Text-type Considered:

Non-fiction; self-help; advice.

Texts included:

Victorian-era Domestic guides

Conceptual Influences:

New Historicism