- How did the experiences of marriage (and divorce) differ between elite, middle and working-class men and women?
- To what extent did legislative reform alter the perception of marriage in nineteenth century society?
- Is it fair to view wives as passive victims?
Gail Savage, 'the instrument of an animal function’: Marital Rape and Sexual Cruelty in the Divorce Court, 1858–1908'' in Delap, The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain Since 1800.
Joan Perkin, Women and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century England, chp 13 'Battle for Jericho'.
Caroline Norton, English Laws for Women
Mona Caird, On the Morality of Marriage (esp 131-149)
Clementina Black, Clementina Black, On Marriage
Anna Davin, ‘Imperialism and motherhood’, History Workshop Journal, 1978
Eleanor Gordon and Gwynneth Nair, 'Domestic Fathers and the Victorian Parental Role'. Women's History Review, 15 (2006)
Mary Landon Shanley, '"One Must Ride Behind": Married women's Rights and the Divorce Act of 1857', Victorian Studies, 25 (1982)
See also Susie Steinbach, Women in England, 1760-1914, chapter 4
J. Burnett (ed.), Destiny Obscure: Autobiographies of Childhood, Education and Family from the 1820s to the 1920s
Joanna Bourke, 'Housewifery in Working-Class England, 1860-1914', Past and Present, 143 (1994)
Anna Clark, The Struggle for the Breeches
Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850
Llewellyn Davies, Life as We Have Known It
Andrew Davies, 'Youth, violence, and courtship in late-Victorian Birmingham : The case of James Harper and Emily Pimm'. History of the Family, 11 (2006)
Anna Davin, Growing up Poor: Home, house and street in London
Patricia Jalland, Women, Marriage and Politics, 1860-1914
Trevor Lummis, 'The Historical Dimension of Fatherhood' in O'Brien and McKee (eds), The Father Figure
J Mangan and James Walvin (eds), Manliness and Morality: Middle-Class Masculinity in Britain and America
David Roberts, 'The Paterfamilias of the Victorian Governing Class' in Wohl (ed), The Victorian Family
P. Rose, Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages
Ellen Ross, Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London, 1870-1918
John Tosh, 'Authority and Nurture in Middle-Class Fatherhood', Gender and History (1996)
John Tosh, A Man's Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian Britain