A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be invited by Christine Leiren Mower and Susanne Weil to participate in their Women and Work panel at Pacific Modern Language Association Conference. After that presentation Christine and Susanne invited me to contribute to an anthology celebrating ten years of this panel at PMLA. I’m happy to announce that this book has finally been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Following this brief description is a link to learn more about Women and Work: The Labors of Self-Fashioning
The essays in Women and Work: The Labors of Self-Fashioning explore how nineteenth- and twentieth-century US and British writers represent the work of being women—where “work” is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity. How did nineteenth- and twentieth-century US and British writers revise then-contemporary social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? How fully did these writers perceive the class implications of their arguments for taking jobs outside the home? How does work, both inside and outside the home, contribute to female identity and, conversely, how does it promote what legal theorist Kenji Yoshino terms the demands of “covering”—women’s strategic use of stereotypes of femininity and masculinity to succeed in the marketplace?