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Watching Hannah : sex, horror and bodily de-formation in Victorian England

Author: Barry Reay
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2002.
Series: Picturing history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Reay, Barry.
Watching Hannah.
London : Reaktion Books, 2002
(OCoLC)48487373
Named Person: Arthur Joseph Munby; Arthur Joseph Munby
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Reay
ISBN: 9781861894144 1861894147
OCLC Number: 476204039
Description: 1 online resource (199 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Contents; Preface; 1 Watching Hannah; 2 Harriet's Nose: Horror, Bodily De-formation and Femininity; 3 Venus in Dirt: Servitude and Mastery; 4 Disordering Bodies: Gender Hybridity; 5 Dorothy's Hands: Feminizing Men; 6 Sexuating Arthur; Postscript; References; Acknowledgements; Index.
Series Title: Picturing history.
Responsibility: Barry Reay.

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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 deformed by disease. Drawing not only on the diaries but also on a vast, untapped archive of documents, p hotographs, poems and sketches, Watching Hannah is far more than an account of a compulsive observer of working women and a fetishist of hard-working female hands, however.

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