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Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft and Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Novel Craft explores an intriguing and under-studied aspect of cultural life in Victorian England: domestic handicrafts, the decorative pursuit that predated the Arts and Crafts movement. Talia Schaffer argues that the handicraft movement served as a way to critique the modern mass-produced commodity and the rapidly emerging industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century. ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published September 23rd 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published August 3rd 2011)
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This book argues for the centrality of a little-known Victorian domestic practice--essentially akin to what we would call "crafting"--to a variety of Victorian debates, discussions, and texts. Its Victorian vogue was quite short-lived, at least as an "in" practice, mainly taking place in the 1840s and 1850s; yet it remained on the cultural radar for decades afterwards, even if usually as an object of derision. The book makes the case for this practice's importance wittily and forcefully--I will ...more