Women writing and the industrial revolution by susan zlotnick

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 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.

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.

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

She examines the works of Chartist poets, dialect writers, and two "factory girl" poets who wrote about their experiences in the mills.

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. Baltimore, MD and London: Instead, domesticity represented a set of "pressures [.

Condemning these transformations, the male writers who explored the brave new world of Victorian industrialism looked longingly to an idealized past. 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" 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" What binds my heart to thee?

Zlotnick extends her analysis of the literature of the industrial revolution to the poetry and prose produced by working-class men and women. Contributing a new reading of the social problem genre in relation to gender, this study adds a crucial perspective through its emphasis on noncanonical and working-class writing.

You are not currently authenticated. This is a far-reaching and original book that should be required reading for all students and scholars of 19th-century literature.

Chapter Four focuses on two factory-woman poets--Forrester, a young Manchester operative, and Johnston, a Scottish textile worker, from whose poetry the quotation which heads this review is taken.

Alle productspecificaties Samenvatting The industrial revolution in nineteenth-century England disrupted traditional ways of life. Thou lovely verdant Factory!

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.

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 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.

View freely available titles: Her central concern is with differentiating between those authors who repudiate industrialism and those who, either directly or indirectly, repudiate the repudiators.As Susan Zlotnick argues in Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution, women writers foresaw in the industrial revolution the prospect of real improvements.

Women, writing, and the industrial revolution

Zlotnick also examines the poetry and fiction 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.

Susan Zlotnick is the author of Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution ( avg rating, 5 ratings, 0 reviews, published )/5(5).

Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution

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 the industrial.

She also participates in Vassar’s multidisciplinary programs, including Women’s Studies and Victorian Studies. Her publications include the monograph, Women, Writing and the Industrial Revolution (Johns Hopkins ) as well as numerous articles on Victorian literature and culture.

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 .

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