Bluebeard: The Origin Story
Books and Stuff / Fifteenth Century / Lit Crit / Seventeenth Century / Twentieth Century / Women

Bluebeard: The Origin Story

Bluebeard is an odd fairy tale. Unremarkably, for anyone who knows the tale, it has not managed to join its more child-friendly fellows in the Disney hall of fame. Though many of us know that the original Cinderella involved slicing parts off young women’s feet and eyes being pecked out by birds, the discovery of … Continue reading

Piquet: Or Virtue in Danger
18th C Art / 18th C Fashion / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / History / Women

Piquet: Or Virtue in Danger

This is just a short blog post discussing one painting by one of my favourite 18th century characters, William Hogarth. His pieces were often designed as social commentary/criticism so there is lots to unpack and you can link these images to how people saw the world around them. I’ve written about a couple before in … Continue reading

Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela
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Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela

Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela was a huge commercial success when it was released in 1741. The rags-to-riches story was highly influential on other authors writing around the time. However, just because the book was popular that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t also controversial. Today, the painfully virtuous Pamela can seem a bit of drag (ok, that’s a … Continue reading

Prostitutes and their Clothes: ‘Beneath the Lamp her tawdry Ribbons glare’
18th C Fashion / 18th C Literature / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Prostitution / Women

Prostitutes and their Clothes: ‘Beneath the Lamp her tawdry Ribbons glare’

This is the first in a series which looks at representations of eighteenth century prostitutes and their clothes in verbal and visual sources. Swiss-born ‘Charles’ Brandoin’s prints, A Modern Demirep on the look-out and The Charming Millener of ___ Street (1771) demonstrate a growing anxiety in the eighteenth century about female dress. This pair of … Continue reading