Angels in the House: Female Images in Victorian Children’s Fantasy

Aihong REN


Victorian period witnessed prosperity and popularity of children’s fantasy. Female characters abound in the adult fiction of Victorian literature. But what are they like in works written for children? This thesis attempts to analyze different women images in children’s fantasy. Some writers choose to omit women; some idealize women as the angel in the house; some portray them as powerful and aggressive. These different images of women reflect the social values of the time.


Victorian children’s fantasy; Angel of the house; Woman as absent; Woman as ideal; Woman as powerful

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