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Poetical Maids and Cooks Who Wrote

Carolyn Steedman
Eighteenth-Century Studies
Vol. 39, No. 1 (Fall, 2005), pp. 1-27
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30053586
Page Count: 27
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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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