Week 5 Questions
A Victorian advert
For the seminar on Ruskin's "Of Queen's Gardens" and Nightingale's Cassandra think about the following;
- Ruskin categorises gender difference along strict, binary, lines; what characteristics does he ascribe to men and women, and can you identify examples from the novels read so far that support or challenge these notions?
- Ruskin's work was very influential on Victorian women; why do you think this might have been the case, and do you find this surprising?
- Compare Nightingale's understanding of women's position, character and potential with Ruskin. What does Nightingale see as the main obstacles to the full development of that potential? From the reading that we've done thus far on the module what would you identify that supports this view?