Famine and Fashion: Needlewomen in the Nineteenth Century by Beth Harris

By Beth Harris

just like the determine of the governess, the seamstress occupied a distinct position within the historical past of the 19th century, showing usually in debates approximately women's paintings and schooling, and the of the operating periods usually within the quickly altering capitalist market. just like the governess, the determine of the needlewoman is ubiquitous in artwork, fiction and journalism within the 19th century. The fifteen articles during this publication tackle the seamstress's visual appeal as a 'real' determine within the altering economies of nineteenth-century Britain, the US, and France, and as a massive cultural icon within the paintings and literature of the interval. They deal with the various varieties of needlewomen within the 19th century-from expert milliners and dressmakers, a few of whom owned their very own companies promoting item to different girls (forming a different 'female economy') to girls who, via diminished conditions, have been compelled into the bottom finish of paid needlework, stitching garments at domestic for hunger wages-like the impoverished shirt-maker within the recognized Victorian poem by means of Thomas Hood, 'The music of the Shirt.' This quantity assembles the paintings of best American, British and Canadian students from many various fields, together with artwork background, literary feedback, gender reviews, hard work heritage, company historical past, and financial heritage to attract jointly fresh scholarship on needlewomen from various various disciplines and methodologies. Famine and model will for that reason attract somebody learning photographs of labor within the 19th century, well known and canonical nineteenth-century literature, the historical past of women's paintings, the historical past of sweated exertions, the origins of the ready-made garments and early feminism.

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