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Palgrave Studies in Life Writing

Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women

The Hard Way Up

Authors: Boos, Florence

  • Discusses a rich array of texts written by working class women during the Victorian period, including extended diaries, protest and reform-minded memoirs, accounts of religious vocations, and “self-help” narratives
  • Fills a much needed and neglected scholarly gap through its accumulation and synthesis of Victorian working-class women
  • Provides in-depth analysis of each woman’s writing, considering the literary, social, and regional influences on each author
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About this book

This volume is the first to identify a significant body of life narratives by working-class women and to demonstrate their inherent literary significance. Placing each memoir within its generic, historical, and biographical context, this book traces the shifts in such writings over time, examines the circumstances which enabled working-class women authors to publish their life stories, and places these memoirs within a wider autobiographical tradition. Additionally, Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women enables readers to appreciate the clear-sightedness, directness, and poignancy of these works.

About the authors

Florence S. Boos is Professor at the University of Iowa. She is the editor of Working-Class Women Poets of Victorian Britain: An Anthology (2008) and many articles and two special issues devoted to Victorian working-class writings. She is also the general editor of the William Morris Archive and the author/editor of several books on William Morris. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women

    Boos, Florence S.

    Pages 1-31

  • Uneven Access: Working-Class Women and the Education Acts

    Boos, Florence S.

    Pages 33-61

  • Under Physical Siege: The Early Victorian Autobiographies of Elizabeth Storie and Mary Prince

    Boos, Florence S.

    Pages 63-84

  • Memoir and People’s History in Janet Hamilton’s Sketches of Village Life

    Boos, Florence S.

    Pages 85-114

  • The Annals of the Poor—Rural and Conversion Narratives: Elizabeth Campbell, Christian Watt, Elizabeth Oakley, Mrs. Collier, Jane Andrew, and Barbara Farquhar

    Boos, Florence S.

    Pages 115-168

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64215-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64214-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women
Book Subtitle
The Hard Way Up
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64215-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64215-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64214-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 343
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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