Abstract

Focusing on the poetry of Elizabeth Hands (fl.1789), this article discusses the relationship of poetry to labor (in particular the work of cookmaids) in eighteenth-century England. Domestic service is discussed in relationship to literacy, and to the reading and writing experiences of eighteenth-century plebeian children. It considers recent theoretical developments in economic history and in socio-linguistics, in order to consider their usefulness for uncovering experience of life, labor and literature in the past.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 1-27
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-18
Open Access
No
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