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Menials : domestic service and the cultural transformation of British society, 1650-1850

Author: Kristina Booker
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, [2018]
Series: Transits (Bucknell University)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Menials explores major changes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British culture and society by examining how writers used representations of domestic servants to characterize and observe those changes. This book contextualizes fiction with economic theory and conduct texts, periodicals, and estate papers to demonstrate how "the servant problem" enabled Britons to work through a larger crisis in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristina Booker
ISBN: 1611488605 9781611488609
OCLC Number: 1002123760
Description: xi, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Literary Servants And The Trouble With Self-Interest, Part 1 --
Literary Servants And The Trouble With Self-Interest, Part 2 --
"Within Proper Bounds": Domestic Servants And Emulation Anxiety --
Domestic Idylls, Exotic Fruits: The Luxury Of Foreign Servants --
Coda: Downstairs at Downton Abbey.
Series Title: Transits (Bucknell University)
Responsibility: Kristina Booker.

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"Menials explores major changes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British culture and society by examining how writers used representations of domestic servants to characterize and observe those changes. This book contextualizes fiction with economic theory and conduct texts, periodicals, and estate papers to demonstrate how "the servant problem" enabled Britons to work through a larger crisis in the representation of social and national subjectivity."

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