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Published: 31 December 2019

288 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198841173

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Working Girls

Sex, Taste, and Reform in the Parisian Garment Trades, 1880-1919

Patricia Tilburg

  • Offers a cultural history of the women of the Parisian garment trades, as both a site of eroticized national nostalgia, and as a public face of the French labour movement
  • Assesses Parisian working women as objects and agents of cultural change in the modern era, working to correct an absence of French working women's voices in historical narratives
  • Offers compelling micro-historical case studies of belle epoque Parisian culture
  • Incorporates letters, memoirs, and contemporary interviews with Parisian working women
  • Explores the social and political history of this period through engaging analyses of Parisian songs, novels, poetry, monuments, and landscape
  • Examines labor reform and philanthropic efforts which exposed the dire conditions of the sweated garment trades, but did so with rhetoric and policies that romanticized and eroticized workingwomen