The Rossettis' Fallen Women: "Two Sister Vessels" of Pre-Raphaelite and Tractarian Thought

  • Teresa D.L. Sammut


Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s dramatic monologue
“Jenny” (1848) and Christina Rossetti’s narrative poem
“Goblin Market” (1862) mediate the archetypes of the fallen
woman and the angel in the house within opposing Christian frameworks. This article compares both Rossettis’ representations of Art-Catholicism and Tractarianism and ultimately demonstrates how their respective interpretations
of feminine typology are reworked through their competing
Christian narratives.