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Women in Service: Private Lives and Labour in Mary Howitt’s Work and Wages

  • Erin D. ChamberlainEmail author
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Part of the British Women’s Writing from Brontë to Bloomsbury, 1840-1940 book series (BWWFBB, volume 1)

Abstract

Mary Howitt’s novel Work and Wages, or Life in Service (1842) reminds us that while industrialism had a major impact on class mobility through the development of factories and businesses, the social changes of the 1840s permeated the home as well as the public sphere. It was in this context that middle-class women and their servants played a key role in shaping social interactions, and a focus on the figure of the servant offers new ways of interpreting the intersections of class and gender represented by her more visible female employer.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Washburn UniversityTopekaUSA

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