These posts are about 18th-19th century literary works that we have connected to ancient and modern beliefs. These beliefs can be anything from different religions to common perceptions of morality and philosophy. For each post, we have made a historical connection to fictional readings. Our goal was to research beliefs of the world and enhance our understanding of beliefs of other cultures and times. We have done research via websites, academic journal databases, videos, online books, and more. We created a system in which the current blogger would pass their post on to the next blogger for edits. This editing system allowed us to write stronger and better developed posts that have historical interest. To give our readers a visual aspect, we used pictures that depicted our subjects and famous works of art. Our collective efforts present our readers with a better understanding of beliefs in the past and present. Enjoy!

The purpose of writing the “Girl of the Period” was to discuss Eliza Lynn Linton’s writing in relation to our theme on beliefs and religion. It was my intention to emphasize the issues women faced during the 19th century when having a child out of wedlock led to them being cast out of their homes and into the streets and how these issues were derived from religious sentiments established throughout history.

~ M.D.

This post is important because it compares the values of prostitutes to the values of members in a Catholic group. It also includes a phenomenal picture which displays what a brothel looked like in the Victorian era.

~ S.W.

By learning about other cultures, we learn to be more open-minded. This post urges readers to question their perspectives on the issues of prostitution and general sexuality by looking at a polyandrous society. Comparing this modern society to beliefs in the 1800s  shows that different times, places, and people have very different ideas of right and wrong.

~ J.W.

This post explains the beliefs on the picturesque and beauty. It focuses on the perspectives held by different religions and their definition of what is beautiful. In the article it describes nature vs. God and the beliefs that go along with both.

~ K.R.

I chose this blog because I believe it represents a clear and concise point that relates to our theme known as beliefs. It reports upon the idea that the upper-class were treating the out-group, like prostitutes and other unmarried women, like impious criminals. It also summarizes an unfortunately common cycle from the novel Ruth in which younger ladies become ensnared by the charms of voluptuous and opulent men. That said I think it’s a pretty good example of how some of the enumerated values like “charity” and “forgiveness” were nothing more than a mendacious facade for richer individuals who practiced nineteenth century theology.

~ I.T.

The purpose of writing about La Traviata was first, to point out that there are often hidden messages within pieces of art, as the poster advertising La Traviata was shown within John Leech’s “The Great Social Evil”. Second, the poster within the image was a reference to a play that strongly related to both the image itself and the accompanying reading for the day, “The Ruined Maid”, two pieces that reflected on the current societal views of ‘fallen’ women and the effect their company had on their associates.

~ L.G.