By Dinah Birch, Francis O'Gorman

For a few years Ruskin has appeared, at most sensible, a conservative philosopher on gender roles. At worst, his lecture On Queens' Gardens from Sesame and Lilies used to be learn as a locus classicus of Victorian patriarchal oppression. those essays problem such assumptions, proposing a wide-ranging revaluation of Ruskin's position relating to gender, and supplying new views on carrying on with debates on problems with gender - within the Victorian interval, and in our personal.

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35 Sir William Rothenstein made a more dramatic claim in his account of the marriage in 1931, continuing to add to the pile of imaginative and salacious speculation. J. Furnivall, who regarded Ruskin as having wickedly endeavoured to trap Effie into adulterous falsehood. ‘There was no pretence of affection,’ Rothenstein wrote, recalling Furnivall’s words, ‘or of sympathy even, betwixt Ruskin and her. ’36 This narrative is confusing. The ‘Italian count’ is not identified, and perhaps Furnivall referred to Effie’s friendship with Charles Paulizzi, an Austrian first lieutenant, on her and Ruskin’s first trip to Venice during the winter of 1849–50.

3 Ibid. 4 The argument of this chapter builds on the ground I covered in ‘“Just the thing for Girls – Sketching, Fine Art and So On”: Ruskin and Manliness (1870–1920)’ in Francis O’Gorman, Late Ruskin: New Contexts (Aldershot and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2001), pp. 118–42. See also my ‘“Do what you can, and confess frankly what you are unable to do”: Ruskin’s Aesthetic of Failure in The Stones of Venice’, forthcoming in Review of English Studies. 5 See O’Gorman, Late Ruskin, pp. 59–60. 6 J. Marshall Mather, Life and Teaching of John Ruskin (Manchester: Tubbs, Brook & Chrystal/London: Simpkins & Marshall/Hamilton & Adams, [1884]), p.

Mary Lutyens (London: Murray, 1965), pp. 20–1. Lutyens made her point plainer in her The Ruskins and the Grays (London: Murray, 1972), p. 108. There is no evidence for this view (it is difficult to imagine what might constitute evidence), and it has been contested. See, for instance, Tim Hilton, John Ruskin: The Early Years (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985), pp. 119–20. 367–8. 37 Details of this crime are given in Derrick Leon, Ruskin: The Great Victorian (London: Routledge, 1949), pp.

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