Posted by: Lisa Maruca | March 10, 2010

Economic (Wo)Man

Just to follow up on the question about women’s role in the new economy of the 18c, here’s some suggested reading:

Catherine Gallagher, Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820 (1994)

Catherine Ingrassia, Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England: a Culture of Paper Credit (1998).

Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace, Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping, and Business in the Eighteenth Century (1997)

Spectators at a Print Shop. Carington Bowles. London. 1774. New York Public Library.

Erin Mackie, Market a la Mode: Fashion, Commodity, and Gender in the Tatler and the Spectator (1997)

A nice collection of conduct literature of the period can be found in Vivien Jones, Women in the Eighteenth Century: Constructions of Femininity (1990)

While these all concern representations of women, there’s also lots of research on the actual work that women did, such as:

Alice Clark, Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century (1968)

Bridget Hill, Women, Work, and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England (1994)

Paula McDowell, The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Landscape, 1678-1730 (1998) [essential reading on women and print culture]

There’s lots more, of course, but these should get you started!Β  Please comment if you have others on your must-read list.

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