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Lawrence Mohr
Novels and Hormones: The Mystery of the Sexuality of Victorian Women
Traditionally, middle-class Victorian women were believed to have been radically sexually repressed. More recently discovered evidence, however, suggests that they may have been more like modern women. Which view is correct? Extensive analysis of records, novels, love letters, and the Mosher survey appears to corroborate both! The answer is revealed in the final chapter, putting our view of Victorianism on a new footing. Featured as well are frank narrative portraits of the sexual adjustment of 18 Victorian women, gathered from responses to the Mosher survey. The book is designed to provide a contribution to the academic literature on Victorian sexuality. At the same time, it is written so as to be readily accessible and entertaining to an educated lay audience.