restricted access   Volume 39, Number 2, Fall 2013

Table of Contents

Special Issue: Extending Families

Guest Editors: Kelly Hager and Talia Schaffer


Introduction: Extending Families

pp. 7-21

Forum: Recounting the Family

Coupling and Uncoupling

Celibate Marriages

pp. 24-28

“Oh God, There is No Woman In This”: A Marriage Below Zero, the Somerset and Russell Scandals, and the Sodomitical Threat to Victorian Marriage

pp. 28-32

Motherly Concern

pp. 32-35

Inconvenient Husbands and Superfluous Wives

pp. 35-38

“Throwing the Wedding-Shoe”: Foundational Violence, Unhappy Couples, and Murderous Women

pp. 39-43

Children and Parents

Neither Fish nor Fowl: Children and Parents in Cross-Class Cohabitation

pp. 46-50

Excluding Heiresses

pp. 50-53

“Lifelong Soulmates?”: The Sibling Bond in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

pp. 54-57

Adoption, Fostering, and the Poor

pp. 57-61

Beyond the Nuclear Family

Public Relations: Toward a Victorian Ideology of Service

pp. 64-68

Betwixt and Between: Mrs. Gummidge’s “Homely Rapture”

pp. 68-71

The Emotional Extravagance of Victorian Pet-Keeping

pp. 71-74

Cousin Marriage, Then and Now

pp. 74-78


Children of the Regiment: Soldiers, Adoption, and Military Tenderness in Victorian Culture

pp. 79-96

Chemistry versus Biology: Dickens, Malthus, and the Familiarized Doppelgänger

pp. 97-113

Selective Affinities: Non-Normative Families in Wilkie Collins’s No Name

pp. 115-128

Victorian Girls Gone Wild: Matrimonial Advertising and the Transformation of Courtship in the Popular Press

pp. 129-146

“Stories by Bits”: The Serial Family in Juliana Horatia Ewing’s Mrs. Overtheway’s Remembrances

pp. 147-162

Far-Flung Families and Transient Domesticity: Missionary Households in Metropole and Colony

pp. 163-179

Lesbian Incest as Queer Kinship: Michael Field and the Erotic Middle-Class Victorian Family

pp. 181-199

Book Reviews


pp. 202-207


pp. 208-215


pp. 215-220

Aging By the Book: The Emergence of Midlife in Victorian Britain by Kay Heath (review)

pp. 220-222

Health, Medicine, and Society in Victorian England by Mary Wilson Carpenter (review)

pp. 223-225

Victorian Bloomsbury by Rosemary Ashton (review)

pp. 225-227


pp. 229-233