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Working Girls: Fiction, Sexuality, and Modernity

Katherine Mullin


Working Girls: Fiction, Sexuality, and Modernity investigates the significance of a new form of sexual identity at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. Young women of the lower middle and working classes were increasingly abandoning domestic service in favour of occupations of contested propriety. They inspired both moral unease and erotic fascination. Working Girls considers representations of four highly glamorized yet controversial types of women worker: telegraphists and typists (in newly feminized offices), shop assistants (in the new department stores), and b ... More

Keywords: Telegraphists, typists, shop-girls, barmaids, popular culture, censorship, modernism, Victorian fiction, New Woman, postfeminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Mullin, author
Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Leeds