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The ‘gift’ of work: labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott

Jennie Batchelor

in Women's Work

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082573
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701829 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082573.003.0002
The ‘gift’ of work: labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott

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This chapter examines Sarah Scott's early fiction and its implications for midcentury political, economic and philanthropic debates about the moral and economic functions of women's work. It argues that, more than any other writer of the mid-century, Scott was committed to moving the working woman from the periphery to the centre of the eighteenth-century novel, to exploring the relationship between labour and gentility, and to asserting that women's work was individually enfranchising and culturally necessary.

Keywords: Sarah Scott; women's work; women writers; working woman; labour; gentility

Chapter.  16575 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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