"A major, often dazzling work of fascinating implications and interest. Scholars of such diverse subjects as Dickens, Tennyson, Victorian sensation fiction, the Divorce Bill of the 1850s, Lord Melbourne, Victorian feminism, the history of sexual scandal, or changing ideas of Empire will want and need to consult this book. Students of epistemes, eras, and broad cultural phenomena will also have to reckon with it. Written with clarity and wit,The Spectacle of Intimacyis a pleasure as well as an intellectual boon to read."--Robert M. Polhemus, Stanford University "The Spectacle of Intimacyoffers wonderfully intelligent and vivacious literary and cultural analyses of domesticity in Victorian Britain. It approaches its subject through a broad array of sources and engages those materials with great canniness, cogency, subtlety, and wit. Any reader interested in Victorian Britain will want to read this book."--James Eli Adams, Indiana University "An important study. This is a major work in Victorian and nineteenth-century scholarship. It functions both as a synthesis of cultural material and as an analysis of particular subjects. It is also a pleasure to read and a scholarly and intellectual boon to read clear, lucid, witty, and expert prose by Chase and Levenson, it has point, simplicity, and elegance."--Robert Polhemus,Novel: A Forum on FictionChase, Karen is the author of 'Spectacle of Intimacy A Public Life for the Victorian Family' with ISBN 9780691006680 and ISBN 0691006687.