Victorian airbrushing: cultural, physical and artistic representations of upper-class women of then and today

dc.contributor.advisor Kathleen Hickok
dc.contributor.author Fuller, Katie
dc.contributor.department English
dc.date 2018-08-11T19:03:25.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:33:20Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:33:20Z
dc.date.copyright Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2009
dc.date.embargo 2013-06-05
dc.date.issued 2009-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Today's society, much like that of the Victorians, perpetuates the impossible standards of female beauty permeating the culture in music, art, entertainment, and fashion. The existence of a female beauty standard is not new; it persists today, just as heavily as in Victorian England more than a hundred years ago. The physical representation and image of the model Victorian woman seems pervasive during the era, appearing in art, literature, poetry, culture, and sociological studies. Just as before, the wealthy are those most likely to attain the standards of beauty--largely because wealthy or upper middle-class women possess the leisure time and finances to strive to live up to these standards: the airbrushing of today has merely replaced the corsets of that day. Studying popular literature from the period including <i>Peter Ibbetson</i>(1891) by George Du Maurier and <i>Tess of the D'Urbervilles</i> (1895) by Thomas Hardy, will provide late-century examples of such representations of the ideal feminine woman. Essentially, this perfect woman is a caricature of a real human being, rendered in an artist's imagination. Even more sad for women today, just as in Victorian times, the social acceptance of these ideals allows them to be perpetuated. Society as a whole subscribes to these ideals, despite their impossibility, and swallows them--internalizing these impossible standards without question.</p>
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-1145
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dc.subject.disciplines English Language and Literature
dc.subject.disciplines Rhetoric and Composition
dc.subject.keywords airbrush
dc.subject.keywords patriarchal society
dc.subject.keywords physical perfection
dc.subject.keywords Victorian
dc.subject.keywords women
dc.title Victorian airbrushing: cultural, physical and artistic representations of upper-class women of then and today
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thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
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