florence nightingale

florence nightingale

Gender in 19th Century Britain

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Kathryn Hughes explores the role of women in middle class Victorian society. Highlighting the conflicted and restrained behaviour expected of women between being learned but not too intelligent, beautiful but not sexual, Kathryn reveals the expectations on 19th-century women. She also explains how women such as Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning managed to challenge those expectations. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature