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Vol.9, Issue 2, 2023, pp. 293-311 Full text

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Edgar James Ælred Jephcote

Affiliation: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland 0102mm775

This article contemplates the idyllic imagery of Elizabeth Gaskell's rural texts in relation to the key visual motifs of the Internet aesthetic "cottagecore." Meanwhile, the paper also strives to highlight the importance of both the Victorian era, particularly its literature and art, with regard to this popular Internet aesthetic. With some brief references to influential figures of the age, the cultural timeframe surrounding Gaskell's rural fiction is shown to offer significant historical relevance to the romanticisation of the English country-cottage life. The literary and pictorial texts serve as examples of this cultural process. Considering the author's mostly ornamental use of cottages in Wives and Daughters as well as her employment of floral characterisation, the paper also highlights the visual aesthetics of the cottage art of Helen Allingham and Myles Birket Foster as well as rural depictions made by illustrators of Gaskell's provincial works that display the visual after-life of Gaskell's rural texts.

Keywords: cottagecore, cottage art, Helen Allingham, Myles Birket Foster, Elizabeth Gaskell, Gaskell's illustrators, Internet aesthetics, nostalgia

Article history:
Submitted: 28 November 2023
Reviewed: 10 December 2023
Accepted: 14 December 2023
Published: 20 December 2023

Citation (APA):
Jephcote, E. J. A. (2023). The Significance of Victorian England for the Cottagecore Aesthetic. English Studies at NBU, 9(2), 293-311.

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