Ruskin and Gender

  • Dinah Birch
  • Francis O’Gorman

About this book


For many years Ruskin has seemed, at best, a conservative thinker on gender roles. At worst, his lecture On Queens' Gardens from Sesame and Lilies was read as a locus classicus of Victorian patriarchal oppression. These essays challenge such assumptions, presenting a wide-ranging revaluation of Ruskin's place in relation to gender, and offering new perspectives on continuing debates on issues of gender - in the Victorian period, and in our own.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dinah Birch
    • 1
  • Francis O’Gorman
    • 2
  1. 1.Trinity CollegeOxfordUSA
  2. 2.School of EnglishUniversity of LeedsUK

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