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The Victorian novel, service work, and the nineteenth-century economy / Joshua Gooch, Assistant Professor, D'Youville College, USA.

Author/creator Gooch, Joshua, 1977- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Descriptionvii, 233 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture. ^A563136
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction. 1.The Social Work of Unproductive Labor -- 2.Silas Marner: Narration as Work-Discipline -- 3.Our Mutual Friend: Service Work as Subject-Work -- 4.The Moonstone: Service Work as Narrative Work -- 5.The Way We Live Now: Service Work and Violence -- Conclusion, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Work-Discipline -- Bibliography -- Index.
Abstract "The Victorian Novel, Service Work, and the Nineteenth-Century Economy offers a much-needed study of the novel's role in representing and shaping the nineteenth-century service sector. Arguing that prior accounts of the novel's relation to the rise of finance have missed the emergence of a wider service sector, Gooch traces the effects of service work's many forms and class positions in the Victorian novel. The novel registers the Victorian era's changing economic circumstances and political economy's increasingly fraught understanding of unproductive labour through its own work of narration, characterization, and plotting, and, in the process, comes to reimagine what it means to be employed and to see oneself as an employee. Novels by George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, and Bram Stoker uncover the cultural, social, and affective experiences that inform these new experiences of work, from their revolutionary potential to their new forms of discipline. "-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
LCCN 2015004016
ISBN9781137525505 (hardback)
ISBN1137525509 (hardback)

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