Maternity Manuals

  • Kari NixonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6_155-1
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Definition

The Victorian Era saw a dizzying amount of textual production, due, in large part, to cheaper and more efficient printing technologies, along with a rise in literacy. Along with this general trend, came the concomitant rise of the genre of advice manuals, which in many respects was heralded by the domestic guide. The maternity handbook was a popular subset of this genre.

Introduction

The Victorian Era saw a dizzying amount of text production, due, in large part, to cheaper and more efficient printing technologies, along with a rise in literacy. Along with this general trend, came the concomitant rise of the genre of advice manuals, which in many respects was heralded by the domestic guide. Because of the growing middle class in the nineteenth century, more and more women were responsible for their own household management. For middle-class housewives, social pressures cut both ways. They were neither wealthy aristocrats with scores of servants to oversee housework and...

Keywords

Advice manuals Domestic management Maternity Motherhood Parenting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishWhitworth UniversitySpokaneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More College, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada