The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

Viewed in narrative, the factory girl and the seamstress acquire more complex meanings than the ones they have in non-literary discourses. Even the formulaic plots of sensational and sentimental fiction allow for a more ambivalent ...

Author: Amal Amireh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136712609

Category: Art

Page: 160

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This book studies the representations of working-class women in canonical and popular American fiction between 1820 and 1870. These representations have been invisible in nineteenth century American literary and cultural studies due to the general view that antebellum writers did not engage with their society's economic and social relaities. Against this view and to highlight the cultural importance of working-class women, this study argues that, in responding to industrialization, middle class writers such as Melville, Hawthorne, Fern, Davies, and Phelps used the figures of the factory worker and the seamstress to express their anxieties about unstable gender and class identitites. These fictional representations were influenced by, and contributed to, an important but understudied cultural debate about wage labor, working women, and class.
Categories: Art

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

My reading emphasizes Melville's familiarity with the contemporary debates about industrialization and his subversion of the " factory girl " as a representative of the new industrial order . The second chapter focuses on the seamstress ...

Author: Amal M. Amireh


ISBN: CORNELL:31924087526400

Category: American fiction

Page: 239

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Categories: American fiction

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Amal Amireh

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0815336209

Category: Social Science

Page: 183

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Social Science

Gender and Work

Gender and Work

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress. Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction. New York; London: Garland, 2000. Askey, Jennifer Drake. “'I read it secretly': Clara Viebig's Struggle with Naturalism.

Author: Carrie Prentice

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443891981

Category: Social Science

Page: 279

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Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in efforts to advance women’s work and in exploring the implicit obstacles to gender equity – such as the “glass floor,” “glass ceiling,” and “glass walls” – that have persisted in most career fields. This interdisciplinary collection contributes to this new field of knowledge by curating scholarly essays and current research on gendered work environments and all the nuanced meanings of “work” in the context of feminism and gender equality. The chapters represent some of the most outstanding papers presented at the Women and Gender Conference held at the University of South Dakota on April 9–10, 2015. The unifying focus of this collection is on the work-related intersections of gender, race, and class, which are investigated through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Some of the essays provide historical and literary contexts for contemporary issues. Others use social-scientific approaches to identify strategies for making the contemporary Western workplace more humane and inclusive to women and other disadvantaged members of society. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students in women’s studies, sociology, history, and communication could use this book in courses that address the gendered workplace from an interdisciplinary perspective. Scholars from various disciplines interested in gender and work could also use the book as a reference and a guidepost for future research. Finally, this collection will be of interest to human resource professionals and other readers seeking to expand their perspectives on the gendered workplace.
Categories: Social Science

Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema

Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema

Amal Amirch, The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000). Gerda Lerner, “The Lady and the Mill Girl: Changes in the Status of Women in the ...

Author: Stephen Sharot

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319417998

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 273

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This book is the first comprehensive and systematic study of cross-class romance films throughout the history of American cinema. It provides vivid discussions of these romantic films, analyses their normative patterns and thematic concerns, traces how they were shaped by inequalities of gender and class in American society, and explains why they were especially popular from World War I through the roaring twenties and the Great Depression. In the vast majority of cross-class romance films the female is poor or from the working class, the male is wealthy or from the upper class, and the romance ends successfully in marriage or the promise of marriage.
Categories: Performing Arts

Archives of Labor

Archives of Labor

Seamstresses often sleep in their mistresses' apartments, but with no bedding at all. ... all sides.13 Like the factory girl, the seamstress was the subject of substantial debate about women's roles in the emerging industrial economy.

Author: Lori Merish

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822373315

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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In Archives of Labor Lori Merish establishes working-class women as significant actors within literary culture, dramatically redrawing the map of nineteenth-century US literary and cultural history. Delving into previously unexplored archives of working-class women's literature—from autobiographies, pamphlet novels, and theatrical melodrama to seduction tales and labor periodicals—Merish recovers working-class women's vital presence as writers and readers in the antebellum era. Her reading of texts by a diverse collection of factory workers, seamstresses, domestic workers, and prostitutes boldly challenges the purportedly masculine character of class dissent during this era. Whether addressing portrayals of white New England "factory girls," fictional accounts of African American domestic workers, or the first-person narratives of Mexican women working in the missions of Mexican California, Merish unsettles the traditional association of whiteness with the working class to document forms of cross-racial class identification and solidarity. In so doing, she restores the tradition of working women's class protest and dissent, shows how race and gender are central to class identity, and traces the ways working women understood themselves and were understood as workers and class subjects.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Our Sisters Keepers

Our Sisters  Keepers

Class and the Politics of Sympathy The “sentimental seamstress,” like the “factory girl,” had a transatlantic ... Indeed, by far the most famous literary production about seamstresses is English author Thomas Hood's “The Song of the ...

Author: Jill Bergman

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817351939

Category: History

Page: 299

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American culture has long had a conflicted relationship with assistance to the poor. Cotton Mather and John Winthrop were staunch proponents of Christian charity as fundamental to colonial American society, while transcendentalists harbored deep skepticism towards benevolence in favor of Emersonian self-reliance and Thoreau’s insistence on an ascetic life. Women in the 19th century, as these essays show, approached issues of benevolence far differently than their male counterparts, consistently promoting assistance to the impoverished, in both their acts and their writings. These essays address a wide range of subjects: images of the sentimental seamstress figure in women’s fiction; Rebecca Harding Davis’s rewriting of the “industrial” novel; Sarah Orne Jewett’s place in the transcendental tradition of skepticism toward charity, and her subversion of it; the genre of the poorhouse narrative; and the philanthropic work and writings of Hull House founder Jane Addams. As the editors of Our Sisters’ Keepers argue, the vulnerable and marginal positions occupied by many women in the 19th century fostered an empathetic sensitivity in them to the plight of the poor, and their ability to act and write in advocacy of the impoverished offered a form of empowerment not otherwise available to them. The result was the reformulation of the concept of the American individual. Contributors include: Jill Bergman, Debra Bernardi, Sarah E. Chinn, Monika Elbert, Lori Merish, Terry D. Novak, James Salazar, Mary Templin, Karen Tracey, Whitney A. Womack
Categories: History

The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth Century American Social Movements

The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth Century American Social Movements

24Amal Amireh, The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000), Chapter 1. 25 Jeanne Boydston, “The Woman Who Wasn't There: Women's Market Labor ...

Author: Ana Stevenson

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030244675

Category: History

Page: 362

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This book is the first to develop a history of the analogy between woman and slave, charting its changing meanings and enduring implications across the social movements of the long nineteenth century. Looking beyond its foundations in the antislavery and women’s rights movements, this book examines the influence of the woman-slave analogy in popular culture along with its use across the dress reform, labor, suffrage, free love, racial uplift, and anti-vice movements. At once provocative and commonplace, the woman-slave analogy was used to exceptionally varied ends in the era of chattel slavery and slave emancipation. Yet, as this book reveals, a more diverse assembly of reformers both accepted and embraced a woman-as-slave worldview than has previously been appreciated. One of the most significant yet controversial rhetorical strategies in the history of feminism, the legacy of the woman-slave analogy continues to underpin the debates that shape feminist theory today.
Categories: History

Empire of Tea

Empire of Tea

They supply a void which the pinched labourer cannot so readily fill up with weak and sour ale; they are substitutes for the country walk to the factory girl, or the seamstress in a garret. They are ministers to temperance; ...

Author: Markman Ellis

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780234649

Category: History

Page: 288

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Although tea had been known and consumed in China and Japan for centuries, it was only in the seventeenth century that Londoners first began drinking it. Over the next two hundred years, its stimulating properties seduced all of British society, as tea found its way into cottages and castles alike. One of the first truly global commodities and now the world’s most popular drink, tea has also, today, come to epitomize British culture and identity. This impressively detailed book offers a rich cultural history of tea, from its ancient origins in China to its spread around the world. The authors recount tea’s arrival in London and follow its increasing salability and import via the East India Company throughout the eighteenth century, inaugurating the first regular exchange—both commercial and cultural—between China and Britain. They look at European scientists’ struggles to understand tea’s history and medicinal properties, and they recount the ways its delicate flavor and exotic preparation have enchanted poets and artists. Exploring everything from its everyday use in social settings to the political and economic controversies it has stirred—such as the Boston Tea Party and the First Opium War—they offer a multilayered look at what was ultimately an imperial industry, a collusion—and often clash—between the world’s greatest powers over control of a simple beverage that has become an enduring pastime.
Categories: History

Factory Girl Literature

Factory Girl Literature

Heejae slips through the conventions of factory girl literature to reveal a new realism of female working-class life: Was she a worker or a student or a seamstress or a bar girl? Was she a teenager or considerably older?

Author: Ruth Barraclough

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520289765

Category: History

Page: 196

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As millions of women and girls left country towns to generate Korea’s manufacturing boom, the factory girl emerged as an archetypal figure in twentieth-century popular culture. This book explores the factory girl in Korean literature from the 1920s to the 1990s, showing the complex ways in which she has embodied the sexual and class violence of industrial life.
Categories: History