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Description - The Factory Girl and the Seamstress by Amal Amireh

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 realities. 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 identities. These fictional representations were influenced by, and contributed to, an important but understudied cultural debate about wage labor, working women, and class.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815336204
ISBN-10: 0815336209
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Garland Publishing Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 24-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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