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Jennie Batchelor

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082573

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082573.001.0001

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The ‘gift’ of work: labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott

The ‘gift’ of work: labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott

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(p.29) 1 The ‘gift’ of work: labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott
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Women's Work
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Jennie Batchelor

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082573.003.0002

This chapter examines Sarah Scott's early fiction and its implications for midcentury political, economic and philanthropic debates about the moral and economic functions of women's work. It argues that, more than any other writer of the mid-century, Scott was committed to moving the working woman from the periphery to the centre of the eighteenth-century novel, to exploring the relationship between labour and gentility, and to asserting that women's work was individually enfranchising and culturally necessary.

Keywords:   Sarah Scott, women's work, women writers, working woman, labour, gentility

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