This Victorian Life
Modern Adventures in Nineteenth-Century Culture, Cooking, Fashion, and Technology by Sarah A. Chrisman
We all know that the best way to study a foreign language is to go to a country where it’s spoken, but can the same immersion method be applied to history? How do interactions with antique objects influence perceptions of the modern world?
From Victorian beauty regimes to nineteenth-century bicycles, custard recipes to taxidermy experiments, oil lamps to an ice box, Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman decided to explore nineteenth-century culture and technologies from the inside out. Even the deepest aspects of their lives became affected, and the more immersed they became in the late Victorian era, the more aware they grew of its legacies permeating the twenty-first century.
Most of us have dreamed of time travel, but what if that dream could come true? Certain universal constants remain steady for all people regardless of time or place. No matter who, when, or where we are, humans share similar passions and fears, joys and triumphs. Part memoir, part micro-history, This Victorian Life is an exploration of the present through the lens of the past, and an analysis of how the warp and weft of these two times weave the fabric of the world in which we all live.
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