Representing Female Artistic Labour, 1848-1890: Refining Work for the Middle-class Woman

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Ashgate, Jan 1, 2006 - Business & Economics - 219 pages
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Looking specifically at sewing, art, writing, and acting, Zakreski shows how these professions increasingly came to be defined as 'artistic' and thus as suitable professions for middle-class women, and argues that the supposedly degrading activity of paid work could be transformed into a refining experience for women. Rather than consigning working women to the margins of patriarchal culture, then, her study shows how representations of creative women, by authors such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dinah Craik, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and Charlotte Yonge, participated in and shaped new forms of mainstream culture."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

Needlework and Creativity in Representations of the Seamstress
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The Woman Artist and
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The Difference is Great in Being Known to Write and Setting
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Patricia Zakreski teaches English Literature at the University of Exeter, UK.

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