Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women

The Hard Way Up

  • Florence s. Boos

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Life Writing book series (PSLW)

About this book


​This volume  is the first to identify a significant body of life narratives by working-class women and to demonstrate their inherent literary significance. Placing each memoir within its generic, historical, and biographical context, this book traces the shifts in such writings over time, examines the circumstances which enabled working-class women authors to publish their life stories, and places these memoirs within a wider autobiographical tradition. Additionally, Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women enables readers to appreciate the clear-sightedness, directness, and poignancy of these works.


affect of Education Act of 1870 on working-class women Janet Bathgate Marianne Farningham Peig Sayers Victorian working-class women's experiences of abuse Janet Hamilton's Sketches of Village Life Victorian female servants Victorian female factory workers The Autobiography of a Charwoman Victorian working-class women's autobiographies daily lives of Victorian working-class women living conditions of Victorian female servants Victorian working class women's experience of institutions Susan Hopley, or the Adventures of a Maidservant Dinah Mulock Craik's Mistress and Maid Queen of the Penny Post experiences of rural Victorian working class women education of working-class girls in Victorian England The Autobiography of Rose Allen Victorian working class women and religion

Authors and affiliations

  • Florence s. Boos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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