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Women'S Work Labour, Gender, Authorship, 1750-1830 by Jennie Batchelor

Women'S Work Labour, Gender, Authorship, 1750-1830


Women'S Work Labour, Gender, Authorship, 1750-1830 by Jennie Batchelor

Women's work challenges influential accounts about gender and the novel by revealing the complex ways in which labour informed the lives and writing of a number of middling and genteel women authors publishing between 1750 and 1830. This book provides a particularly rich, yet largely neglected, seam of texts for exploring the vexed relationship between gender, work and writing. The four chapters that follow contain thoroughly contextualised case studies of the treatment of manual, intellectual and domestic labour in the work and careers of Sarah Scott, Charlotte Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft and women applicants to the writer's charity, the Literary Fund. By making women's work visible in our studies of female-authored fiction of the period, Batchelor reveals the crucial role that these women played in articulating debates about the gendered division of labour, the (in)compatibility of women's domestic and professional lives and the status and true value of women's work that shaped eighteenth-century culture as surely as they shape our own. -- .

About the Author

Jennie Batchelor is Reader in Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of Kent -- .

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Publication date

31st May 2014


Jennie Batchelor

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Manchester University Press


268 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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