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dc.contributor.authorMcDougal, Abi
dc.contributor.illustrator Dwyer, Meagan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-15T13:51:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-15T13:51:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation McDougal, Abi. Dwyer, Meagan (illustrator). "The Work of Women: Middle Class Domesticity in Eighteenth Century British Literature." Rice Historical Review, 2, no. Spring (2017) Rice University: 4-14. https://doi.org/10.25611/m-00057.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/94858
dc.description This paper was written in Eighteenth Century British Fiction (ENGL 333), taught b yDr. Betty Joseph.
dc.description.abstract This essay considers how British literature in the eighteenth century participated in creating a singularly domestic image of women. Addressing gender roles, Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, Mary Hays’s Emma Courtney, and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey form a literary progression with which to compare nonfiction historical sources. The critique suggests how the changing economic framework disenfranchised women as it enabled men to advance. It further identifies three aspects contributing to women’s confinement to the home: first, growing authority over domestic staff; second, responsibility over children’s education; and third, a supposed inability to engage with public, political thought. Furthermore, it recognizes how the domestic sphere simultaneously became a women’s source of authority while preventing her from engaging with the world at large. Within these topics, the essay considers how a growing feminist voice in British fiction toward the end of the eighteenth century allowed female authors to push against the devaluation of women.
dc.description.sponsorship Rice History Department
dc.format.extent 11 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
dc.relation.IsPartOfSeries Spring 2017
dc.rights This article is licensed under a CC-BY license; copyright remains with the authors.
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
dc.title The Work of Women: Middle Class Domesticity in Eighteenth Century British Literature
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Rice Historical Review
dc.citation.volumeNumber 2
dc.citation.issueNumber Spring
dc.identifier.digital McDougal-RHR-2017-Spring
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.25611/m-00057
dc.citation.firstpage 4
dc.citation.lastpage 14


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