Gender at Work in Victorian Culture: Literature, Art and Masculinity

Gender at Work in Victorian Culture: Literature, Art and Masculinity

by Martin A. Danahay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754652920

ISBN-13: 9780754652922

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Martin A. Danahay's lucidly argued and accessibly written volume offers a solid introduction to important issues surrounding the definition and division of labor in British society and culture. 'Work,' Danahay argues, was a term rife with ideological contradictions for Victorian males during a period when it was considered synonymous with masculinity. Male writers and…  See more details below

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Martin A. Danahay's lucidly argued and accessibly written volume offers a solid introduction to important issues surrounding the definition and division of labor in British society and culture. 'Work,' Danahay argues, was a term rife with ideological contradictions for Victorian males during a period when it was considered synonymous with masculinity. Male writers and artists in particular found their labors troubled by class and gender ideologies that idealized 'man's work' as sweaty, muscled labor, and tended to feminize intellectual and artistic pursuits. Though many romanticized working-class labor, the fissured representation of the masculine body occasioned by the distinction between manual labor and 'brain work' made it impossible for them to overcome the Victorian class hierarchy of labor. Through cultural studies analyses of the novels of Dickens and Gissing; the nonfiction prose of Carlyle, Ruskin and Morris; the poetry of Thomas Hood; paintings by Richard Redgrave, William Bell Scott, and Ford Madox Brown; and contemporary photographs, including many from the Munby Collection, Danahay examines the ideological contradictions in Victorian representations of men at work. His book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of English literature, history, and gender studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754652922
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Nineteenth Century Series
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : working definitions1
1Victorian work and industry23
2Gendering work in the 1840s49
3Dickens, work and sexuality67
4Ford Madox Brown and the division of labor87
5Perversity at work : Munby and Cullwick105
6John Ruskin, digging125
7Gissing and the demise of the man at work143
Conclusion : new women, new technologies and new work157

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