Master and Servant: Love and Labour in the English Industrial Age

Master and Servant: Love and Labour in the English Industrial Age

by Carolyn Steedman
     
 

Leading historian Carolyn Steedman offers a fascinating and compelling account of love, life and domestic service in eighteenth-century England. The book, situated in the regional and chronological epicentre of E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, focuses on the relationship between a Church of England… See more details below

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Leading historian Carolyn Steedman offers a fascinating and compelling account of love, life and domestic service in eighteenth-century England. The book, situated in the regional and chronological epicentre of E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, focuses on the relationship between a Church of England clergyman (the 'Master' of the tide) and his pregnant maidservant. This case-study of people behaving in ways quite contrary to the standard historical account sheds new light on the much wider historical questions of Anglicanism as social thought, the economic history of the industrial revolution, domestic service, the Poor Law, literacy, education, and the very making of the English working class. It offers a unique meditation on the relationship between history and literature and will be of interest to scholars and students of industrial England, social and cultural history and English literature.

About the Author:
Carolyn Steedman is Professor of History at the University of Warwick

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"...brilliant piece of recovery..."
- Guardian

"...an important new lens for reading the now mythical story of the making of the working class.... Steedman's Master and Servant is a valuable addition to our understanding of work and domestic life in this cradle of industrial society." -Susannah Ottaway, H-Albion

"Although Steedman's essays in this book never quench the desire to know more about the 'real' people who inspire it, they contribute significantly to our understanding of the eighteenth century." -Patty Seleski, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Refreshingly comprehensive and attentive to the historiography on servants..." -Melissa M. Mowry, Eighteenth-Century Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521697736
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories Series, #10
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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