The Victorian Governess

This page was intended to provide UW Oshkosh students with highlights from their reading for a literature class in 2001.

If you are interested in reading about the Victorian governess, please consult the source texts for the class notes that were previously posted here:


The Victorian Governess Novel by Cecilia Wadsö Lecaros, available from Lund University Press

Chapter of Governesses: A Study of the Governess in English Fiction, 1800-1949 by Katherine West, published by Cohen in 1949.

Daily Life in Victorian England by Sally Mitchell, available from The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series.

The Governess: An Anthology, edited by Trev Broughton and Ruth Symes, available from St. Martin's Press.


The following books may also be useful:


The Victorian Governess by Kathryn Hughes, available from Hambledon & London.

Suffer and Be Still by Martha Vicinus, available from Indiana University Press.