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Feeling at Home: Gender and Creative Agency at Red House

Parkins, Wendy J. (2010) Feeling at Home: Gender and Creative Agency at Red House. Journal of Victorian Culture, 15 (1). pp. 61-81. ISSN 1355-5502. (doi:10.1080/13555501003607685) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Much has been written about Red House, the home of Jane and William Morris between 1859 and 1865, as an example of architectural innovation and a place of artistic fellowship. In accounts by Morris's contemporaries and subsequent scholars, Red House has also been represented as a site of conviviality, creativity and youthful idealism, where a utopian way of life proved unable to withstand the vagaries of mature responsibilities. This essay reconsiders the happy memories attached to Red House and explores how the affective investments that linked people, spaces and objects were created and enhanced by a shared process of creative improvisation there. Drawing on recent scholarly work on feelings, emotions and affect, this essay pays particular attention to the gendered experience of intimacy and creativity at Red House and seeks to redress a tendency to discount women's creative agency in the household. In the web of relationships at Red House, expressed and enacted through practices of creative labour and hospitality, Jane Morris and Georgiana Burne-Jones articulated an increased capacity for agency not merely as aesthetic objects but as creative subjects.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13555501003607685
Uncontrolled keywords: Red House, Jane Morris, Georgiana Burne-Jones, gender, agency, creativity, affect, emotion
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40696 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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