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Shiach examines the ways in which labour was experienced and represented between 1890 and 1930.
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Morag Shiach examines the ways in which labour was experienced and represented between 1890 and 1930. There is a strong critical tradition in literary and historical studies that sees the impact of modernity on human labour in terms of intensification and alienation. Shiach, however, explores a series of efforts to articulate the relations between labour and selfhood within modernism. She examines the philosophical languages available for…mehr

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Shiach examines the ways in which labour was experienced and represented between 1890 and 1930.

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Morag Shiach examines the ways in which labour was experienced and represented between 1890 and 1930. There is a strong critical tradition in literary and historical studies that sees the impact of modernity on human labour in terms of intensification and alienation. Shiach, however, explores a series of efforts to articulate the relations between labour and selfhood within modernism. She examines the philosophical languages available for thinking about labour in the period. She then gives an account of the significance of two technologies, the typewriter and the washing machine, central to a cultural and political understanding of labour. Through readings of writings by Sylvia Pankhurst and D. H. Lawrence, Shiach shows how labour underpins the political and textual innovations of the period. She concludes with an analysis of the 'general strike' both as myth and historical event. This study will be of interest to literary and cultural scholars alike.

Table of contents:
Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Philosophies of labour and selfhood; 2. Technologies of labour: washing and typing; 3. Sylvia Pankhurst: labour and representation; 4. D. H. Lawrence: labour, organicism, and the individual; 5. The general strike: labour and the future tense.
Autorenporträt
Morag Shiach is Professor of Cultural History and Head of the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. Her publications include Discourse on Popular Culture: Class, Gender and History in Cultural Analysis, 1730 to the Present and Hélène Cixous: A Politics of Writing as well as a wide range of articles on cultural history, cultural theory and modernism. She has edited Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas as well as an anthology Feminism and Cultural Studies.