Among the topics discussed are the positions of servants and wives in Victorian and Edwardian England; the relationship between home and community in English society; the changing structure of housework; the role of family relationships; the interconnections between class and gender, work and home; and new reflections on the role of the concepts of the public and the private developed through the work of feminist historians.
For over two decades, Leonore Davidoff has been at the forefront of the re–examination of femininity and masculinity in history. This volume, which brings together her major writings over this period, including several unpublished essays, will be widely welcomed.
List of Illustrations vii
1 Mastered for Life: Servant and Wife in Victorian and Edwardian England 18
2 Landscape with Figures: Home and Community in English Society (with Jeanne L Esperance and Howard Newby) 41
3 The Rationalization of Housework 73
4 Class and Gender in Victorian England: The Case of Hannah Cullwick and A.J. Munby 103
5 The Separation of Home and Work? Landladies and Lodgers in Nineteenth– and Twentieth–Century England 151
6 The Role of Gender in the First Industrial Nation : Farming and the Countryside in England, 1780 1850 180
7 Where the Stranger Begins: The Question of Siblings in Historical Analysis 206
8 Regarding Some Old Husbands Tales : Public and Private in Feminist History 227
PART I: Adam Spoke First and Named the Orders of the World 231
PART II: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap: Concepts and their
"[A] fine collection ... [which] retain[s] a freshness and originality. This collection brings together some of the most influential essays in feminist history. There is little scope in this review to do justice to the depth and richness of this excellent collection. Her mastery of her subject and material, the detailed evidence she brings to bear, the sheer breadth of her understanding and scholarship, deserves to make this collection a classic as each essay, in its turn, has already become." Reviews in History