Thank you for visiting my site! I will be sharing information and ideas on Victorian literature and culture including the Bronte sisters; fashion; diet; illness; women’s bodies; female suffrage; sexuality and much more.

I hope you enjoy it,



16 Responses to “About”

  1. Katie Faulkner September 27, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Hi Victoria,

    I’m working on a PhD at the Courtauld on sculpture in Britain – a bit later than the Brontes and into the C20th and dress. A while ago I was thinking about self-starvation and corsets in relation to some of the scuptures I have been writing about by George Frampton – do you think I could send you some images and we could have an email/face to face conversation about them one day?

    Best wishes,

    • bronteheroine September 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

      Hello Katie,

      Thank you for your message. Yes, you can certainly send me some images. I am more than happy to look over them and have a discussion.

      Best Wishes,

  2. Nicola Tucker October 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Tis a pleasure to read some interesting remarks about the times of which we are most acustom
    We thank you
    The Victorian Vampire society

  3. mirabelle October 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    What a treat to find your site, Victoria! I share so many of your interests that I don’t know where to begin, I found it by searching for that Punch line about tight lacing and intellect, looking for the year it was printed, and happily found all your other wonderful posts.

    I was a small child when my parents watched a British drama (Do you know it? Was it a Masterpiece Theater?) about the suffragettes. I recall the scenes where the authorities force fed the imprisoned women soup up their nose through a tube. I was fascinated and repulsed, but set me on my course of becoming a life-long feminist, and student of the 19th and early 20th century.

    Have you posted about how you first came to your interests? (I haven’t read it all yet…)

    What a wonderful blog. Great work, and I can’t wait to read more.

    • bronteheroine October 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

      Hello, Thank you for your message. I’m glad that you are enjoying reading my blog. I don’t think I have seen the drama about the suffragettes but I will see if it is available on youtube. I haven’t written about why I am interested in the nineteenth century etc. I should probably include that in the ‘about me’ section. I first started reading 19th century literature in my early teens and fell in love with it, especially the works of the Bronte sisters. When I was at university, I took as many Victorian literature modules as I could but I didn’t start researching the history and culture of the period in any depth until I started my PhD. I did an MLitt in Women, Writing and Gender before my PhD and it was during this time of study that I became interested in feminist literature and theory. What are your particular interests of the 19th and 20th century? It’s lovely to meet someone who shares similar ideas. I hope you enjoy reading the rest of the posts! Victoria.

  4. mirabelle October 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    I found it! It was called ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ and was broadcast in 1974. Here’s a link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071047/reviews

    How did I become interested in all things 19th century? As an American girl, reading all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books was a rite of passage. I was fascinated by 19th century children’s book illustrators and Beatrix Potter (though she died in ’45, she portrayed an earlier era in her art).I am abashed to admit my interest in all things 19th century began at 13, when someone put Gone With the Wind in my hands. It took me all of 3 days to read. The horrid socio-poliitics more or less went over my head at the time, but I was fascinated by the description of women’s lives at the time. Skip ahead to university, where I earned a lit degree concentrating in 19th century British women novelists. So you had me at ‘bronteheroine’. I later did an M.A. and wrote my thesis on Jane Austen and feminism.

    Thanks for the reply, Victoria. I’m off to read more bronteheroine, and hope we’ll talk more soon.

  5. Nikki December 11, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    Hey Victoria,

    Your post on the suffragettes and hunger strikes is fabulous! I am currently doing a research project on this topic, and was wondering if you could provide me with some more information as to how to cite your blog? Thanks a lot!


    • bronteheroine December 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      Hello Nikki,

      Thank you for contacting me, I’m glad you enjoyed my blog post. It is adapted from a chapter of my PhD but if you wanted to reference the post, I would just format the reference as you would for a webpage since I have not yet completed my thesis. Good luck with your project!

      Best Wishes,

  6. Tiegh Leader January 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, i am currently doing my 3rd yr dissertation on how gender has reflected design and i’m covering the corset in one of my chapters. i have seen in many places that The Lancet is referred to a lot in regards to the controversies it raised in the victorian times but im finding it hard to actually find any of the original articles and was wondering if you may have any useful links?
    i have found your blog really useful so far but would be interested in reading the full articles that you have referred to here.
    Any help is much appreciated, thanx
    Tiegh x

    • bronteheroine January 5, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      Hello Tiegh,

      Thank you for your message. I found a lot of articles from The Lancet on the British Library website. I think you might need an athens account, or you may be able to access the site from your university library. JSTOR and LION may also be useful. I will have another look through my bibliography and see if I can think of any other sources for you.

      Best Wishes,

  7. Julia February 1, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Hi Victoria,

    I just came across your blog while doing some research for my major thesis project for my under-graduate degree in photography. My project is concerned with visually representing/examining the importance of the home as a space of patriarchal confinement in 19th and 20th century women’s writing whereby I am actually constructing the spaces based on the descriptions in the novels I have chosen (many of which you happen to talk about). I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am to have found your blog! Your posts are written so well and it is exciting to find such a contemporary perspective of the subjects you are blogging about.

    I noticed you told another person they could cite your blog and I would greatly appreciate if I could do the same…

    Thank you!


    • bronteheroine February 1, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Hello Julia,

      Thank you for your message. I’m glad you are enjoying my blog posts. Feel free to cite me in your work if there is something useful you would like to use. Good luck with your project and please contact me if you have any questions.

      Best Wishes,

      • julia Callon January 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

        Hi Victoria,

        I had contacted you a while back regarding a photo-based project I was working on and just wanted to share the final results with you: http://www.juliacallon.com/Houses-of-Fiction.

        Hope all is well!


      • bronteheroine January 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

        Hi Julia,

        Thank you for sending me the link. I love these photographs, they are so clever! Fantastic concepts; I especially like the red room from Jane Eyre.

        Congratulations on finishing your project and thank you again for sharing these with me,

        Best Wishes,

  8. Rachel September 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi Victoria

    I’m working at Optomen – a TV Production company in London – on a new BBC series about Jane Austen’s Britain. I just wondered if I could pick your brains about something? It would be great to talk further if so.

    Thank you

    • bronteheroine November 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Hello Rachel,

      Thank you for your message. What would you like to discuss? I hope that I can help.

      Best Wishes,

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