Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

The Victorian Novel, Service Work, and the Nineteenth-Century Economy

Authors: Gooch, Joshua

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This book offers a much-needed study of the Victorian novel's role in representing and shaping the service sector's emergence. Arguing that prior accounts of the novel's relation to the rise of finance have missed the emergence of a wider service sector, it traces the effects of service work's many forms and class positions in the Victorian novel.

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Joshua Gooch is an Assistant Professor at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. His research focuses on intersections of work, power, and aesthetics in literature and film, particularly in relation to cultures with financialized economies, and includes essays on Samuel Butler, Joseph Conrad, Wes Anderson, and war films.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gooch, Joshua

    Pages 1-27

  • The Social Work of Unproductive Labor

    Gooch, Joshua

    Pages 28-57

  • Silas Marner: Narration as Work-Discipline

    Gooch, Joshua

    Pages 58-80

  • Our Mutual Friend: Service Work as Subject-Work

    Gooch, Joshua

    Pages 81-108

  • The Moonstone: Service Work as Narrative Work

    Gooch, Joshua

    Pages 109-138

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Victorian Novel, Service Work, and the Nineteenth-Century Economy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Joshua Gooch
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52551-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137525512
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52550-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 233
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