Representing female artistic labour, 1848-1890; refining work for the middle-class woman

Representing female artistic labour, 1848-1890; refining work for the middle-class woman

Representing female artistic labour, 1848-1890; refining work for the middle-class woman.

Zakreski, Patricia.

Ashgate Publishing Co.

2006

219 pages

$99.95

Hardcover

HD6136

Zakreski (English, U. of Exeter) adds her study to the growing evidence that has deflated the “separate spheres” conceptualization of male and female labor in the 19th century. Drawing on fiction, prose, painting and the periodical press, Zakreski examines the professions of sewing, art, writing and acting, showing how they came to be defined as “artistic” and thus as suitable professions for middle-class women. She argues that representations of creative women by such authors as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dinah Craik, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Charlotte Yonge shaped new forms of mainstream society that did not consign working women to the margins of patriarchal culture.

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