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The Factory Girl and the Seamstress : Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction - Amal Amireh

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction

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This book studies the representations of working-class women in canonical and popular American fiction between 1820 and 1870. These representations have been invisible in nineteenth century American literary and cultural studies due to the general view that antebellum writers did not engage with their society's economic and social relaities. Against this view and to highlight the cultural importance of working-class women, this study argues that, in responding to industrialization, middle class writers such as Melville, Hawthorne, Fern, Davies, and Phelps used the figures of the factory worker and the seamstress to express their anxieties about unstable gender and class identitites. These fictional representations were influenced by, and contributed to, an important but understudied cultural debate about wage labor, working women, and class.
(Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University, 1997; revised with new preface, bibliography, and index)

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Inventing the ""Mill Girl'
Woman of Industry: The Seamstress in Antebellum America
Nathaniel Hawthorne's use of the Seamstress
Domesticating Women: The Seamstress, the Factory Girl, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Author
Conclusion
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780815336204
ISBN-10: 0815336209
Series: Garland Studies in American Popular History and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 24th August 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1