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Jane Morris: The Burden of History

Wendy Parkins


Jane Morris, the wife of William Morris and the muse of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, became the most identifiable face of Pre-Raphaelite art but has received little scholarly attention in her own right. This book argues that the enduring myth of Jane Morris – as a passive invalid, femme fatale and melancholy beauty – has derived from the continued circulation of selective anecdotes and recollections by contemporaries that reduced a complex historical figure to a limited set of traits and failed to acknowledge the significance of class mobility in her life. Examining textual representations – lette ... More

Keywords: Jane Morris, Life writing, Pre-Raphaelite art, Class, Gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641277
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Parkins, author
the University of Otago