True Womanhood/Cult of Domesticity

An Excerpt from ‘Angels and Monsters in the House. Essays on Womanhood in 19th Century America’ by Simona Porro 1. True Womanhood/Cult of Domesticity In a manual entitled Female Piety, or a Young Woman’s Friend and Guide Through Life to Immortality, published in New York in 1853, Congregationalist preacher John Angell James wrote that ‘woman was the finishing grace of the creation. Woman was the completeness of man’s bliss in Paradise. Woman was the cause of sin and death to our world. The world was redeemed by the seed of... Read more →

Word and Image. In Literature and the Visual Arts

Ever since antiquity poetry and painting have competed for cultural primacy, and intellectuals from Simonides of Ceos to W. J. T. Mitchell have incessantly renewed the debate over the peculiarities of the two arts and their distinctive features and functions. On the other hand, in the practices of verbal and visual representation the two media, words and images, have always tended to support and supplement each other in a variety of ways, from ekphrasis to its counterpart, illustration. The present collection of essays investigates a variety of forms and aspects... Read more →

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