AbstractsWomens Studies

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

by Amanda Meijer

Institution: Högskolan i Halmstad
Year: 0
Keywords: Victorian women; disguised intentions; disciplining women; English; Engelska; humaniora/teologi; Humanities, Theology
Record ID: 1335854
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At first glance Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty is merely a story about a horse’s life, adventures and destiny. However, a parallel feminist reading reveals and foregrounds the living conditions for women in Victorian England but since this was a highly controversial issue, she was forced to disguise her true intentions. I support my thesis that Sewell is really dealing with the female body as abused, violently disciplined and prostituted by drawing on a wide range of secondary material such as legal acts and women’s fashion.