Difficult Subjects British Art and Visual Culture Since 1750 Series): Working Women and Visual Culture, Britain 1880-1914

Difficult Subjects British Art and Visual Culture Since 1750 Series): Working Women and Visual Culture, Britain 1880-1914

by Kristina Huneault
     
 

The working women of Victorian Edwardian Britain were fascinating but difficult subjects for artists, photographers, and illustrators. The cultural meanings of labour sat uncomfortably with conventional ideologies of femininity, and working women unsettled the boundaries between gender and class, selfhood and otherness. From paintings of servants in middle-class… See more details below

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The working women of Victorian Edwardian Britain were fascinating but difficult subjects for artists, photographers, and illustrators. The cultural meanings of labour sat uncomfortably with conventional ideologies of femininity, and working women unsettled the boundaries between gender and class, selfhood and otherness. From paintings of servants in middle-class households, to exhibits of flower-makers on display for a shilling, the visual culture of women's labour offered a complex web of interior fantasy and exterior reality. The picture would become more challenging still when women themselves began to use visual spectacle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754604099
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/06/2003
Series:
British Art and Visual Culture since 1750: New Readings Series
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 9.84(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of figures
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2My servant/my self: domestic servants and visual culture23
3Flower-girls and fictions: selling on the streets63
4Imag(in)ing industry: order and beauty on the factory floor101
5�Living tableaux of misery and oppression': visualizing sweated labour129
6Working women and the visual culture of trade unionism157
7Epilogue207
Notes215
Selected Bibliography237
Index249

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