Women writing and the industrial revolution by susan zlotnick

Her central concern is with differentiating between those authors who repudiate industrialism and those who, either directly or indirectly, repudiate the repudiators.

In consequence, "the ideology of domesticity, first marshalled to carry out a critique of industrial capitalism, turns back on itself and explodes into a radically destabilizing critique of domesticity" In each case, argues Zlotnick, the working-class woman writer negotiates a complex set of concerns about domesticity and femininity in addressing the factory environment.

Thou lovely verdant Factory! Zlotnick shows how, as the century progressed, the question of the ten-hour day, leading to legislative reforms, involved a retreat into patriarchy and a reassertion of the supposedly natural order of traditional roles in the working In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Condemning these transformations, the male writers who explored the brave new world of Victorian industrialism looked longingly to an idealized past.

In a particularly engaging chapter about the writings of Frances Trollope and Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, she establishes a significant tension regarding industrialism in the relationship between materialism and domesticity.

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The distinction is one of gender, with Zlotnick persuasively demonstrating that it was women writers who, "more readily welcomed the factory world, with all its concomitant social dislocations" 2. She examines the works of Chartist poets, dialect writers, and two "factory girl" poets who wrote about their experiences in the mills.

However, British women writers were not so pessimistic and some even foresaw the prospect of real improvement.

View freely available titles: What binds my heart to thee? Where male industrial critics evade issues connected with the messy material realities of the factory, Trollope and Tonna confront those conditions in filtering "the industrial revolution through the lens of domesticity" You are not currently authenticated.

Toon meer Toon minder Recensie s Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution provides us not only with a rigorous and persuasive reworking of some gender and class assumptions about nineteenth-century industrialism, but also with some vibrant and illuminating critical readings.

Baltimore, MD and London: Unlike the working men of the Chartist movement and their Carlylean equivalents amongst the male middle class, women writers did not promote domesticity as an idealised space against which to counterpose the manichean world of the factory.

Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution

This is a far-reaching and original book that should be required reading for all students and scholars of 19th-century literature. An inversion of the order of Chapters Two and Three, placing the less familiar material first, might have consolidated this position, although the move from a consideration of male industrial critics in Chapter One to known female writers in Chapter Two also has a logic of its own.

Zlotnick extends her analysis of the literature of the industrial revolution to the poetry and prose produced by working-class men and women.Download Citation on ResearchGate | Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution (review) | Victorian Studies () -- Ellen Johnston, "The Factory Exile" () Susan Zlotnick pursues a number of different trajectories in exploring the relationship between industrialism and gender in nineteenth-century Britain.

The rising industrialism of the 18th and 19th centuries inspired deep fears and divisions throughout England. Susan Zlotnick argues that women writers foresaw in the industrial revolution the prospect of real improvements.

She reexamines the nature of women writers' acceptance of industrialism in. Feb 04,  · As Susan Zlotnick argues in Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution, novelists Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Frances Trollope, and Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna were more willing to embrace industrialism than their male counterparts.

While these women's responses to early industrialism differed widely, they imagined Released on: January 30, Zlotnick situates an analysis of familiar literary texts, including notable industrial novels such as Gaskell's Mary Barton () and North and South () and Brontë's Shirley (), alongside a response to less familiar writing.

In a particularly engaging chapter about the writings of Frances Trollope and Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, she establishes. Susan Zlotnick is the author of Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution ( avg rating, 5 ratings, 0 reviews, published )/5(5).

She also participates in Vassar’s multidisciplinary programs, including Women’s Studies and Victorian Studies.

Women, writing, and the industrial revolution

Her publications include the monograph, Women, Writing and the Industrial Revolution (Johns Hopkins ) as well as numerous articles on Victorian literature and culture.

Women writing and the industrial revolution by susan zlotnick
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