The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and by Amal Amireh

By Amal Amireh

First released in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction PDF

Similar pop culture books

Play Culture in a Changing World (Debating Play)

This paintings is helping readers to reassess the contribution of play in youth. It is helping adults to appreciate that kids have their very own play tradition, and likewise is helping practitioners to mirror at the manner they motivate teenagers to play by means of figuring out their play tradition.

Intellectuals and Politics in Post-War France (French Politics, Society and Culture)

What did French intellectuals need to say approximately Gaullism, the chilly conflict, the women's flow, colonialism, and the occasions of may possibly 1968? David Drake examines the political dedication of intellectuals in France from Sartre and Camus to Bernard-Henri L? vy and Pierre Bourdieu. during this available research, he explores why there has been a thorough reassessment of the intellectual's function within the mid-1970s to the Nineteen Eighties and the way a brand new new release engaged with Islam, racism, the Balkans struggle, and the moves of 1995.

Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal: Modern Lithuania and East-Central European Moral Imagination (On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral ... Freedom, & Moral Imagination in the Baltics)

Loyalty and betrayal are between key ideas of the ethic of nationalism. Marriage of nation and tradition, which turns out the essence of the congruence among political strength constitution and collective identification, frequently deals an easy rationalization of loyalty and dissent. Loyalty is obvious as once-and-for-all dedication of the person to his or her state, while betrayal is pointed out as a failure to devote him or herself to a standard reason or as a diversion from the item of political loyalty and cultural/linguistic constancy.

White Noise: An A–Z of the Contradictions in Cyberculture

Transcending contemporary makes an attempt to pigeonhole 'the info revolution', this publication exhibits how the paradoxical elements of recent media and the web (is it masculine or female? Does it suggest peace or conflict? ) are the particularly severe expression of the contradictions underlying our complete society. Andrew Calcutt is an enthusiastic champion of the possibility of new communications know-how, and a trenchant critic of the tradition of worry which prevents its realisation.

Additional resources for The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction

Sample text

Soon the narrator realizes that the woman leaning on the arm of the happy youth is in the process of being seduced by the sweet lies of a libertine, and that the respectable-looking workers he saw in the factory are infiltrated by "decoys" or stool pigeons there to recruit them for the brothels of the city. H e also discovers that in addition to its bridges, canals, and promenades, Lowell has a seedy side that boasts of oyster houses, hotels, taverns, and gambling dens. The exemplary woman worker who was central in earlier accounts becomes in this novel a marginal character.

As a result, his passions are not well controlled, and he is easily distracted by novelty (43). His fickleness and unsteadiness lead him to break up his engagement with Mary and to marry instead the frivolous and selfish factory worker Lucy Newcome. Both William and Lucy (as her surname indicates) are representatives of the new and unreliable as it is embodied in the factory. William is also associated with the vagaries of speculation, for he wins a lottery ticket and is instantly transformed into a gentleman.

In many cases be swept away like chaff before the wind" (3). The novel consists of "confessions" of some Lowell men who describe in salacious, almost pornographic, details the scenes of seduction they have experienced. The women in these stories-maids, milliners, factory girls, and even some "ladies"-appear virtuous and respectable but turn out to be too passionate and sensual. Often they are more the seducers than the seduced. Ellen Merton, the heroine of the novel, is described as a young and beautiful country maiden, trusting, simple, pure, but also too ardent and passionate in her attachments.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.37 of 5 – based on 24 votes