Women in Service in Early Modern England
Essential Works for the Study of Early Modern Women: Series III, Part Three, Volume 5
From the wealth of textual material about female servants, The author has chosen four representative texts for inclusion in this volume. They have been chosen to illustrate how books addressed to female servants evolved and to show that women in service and the ordering of the household were integral to the way labour and gender structured early modern socio-economic ideals. Of the four texts reproduced here, two are manuals explaining the duties of female servants, while two are critical, in some respects, of such books addressed to servants.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface by the General Editors; introductory note; The Accomplished Ladies Rich Closet of Rarities (1687), J[ohn] S[hirley]; 'The Woman's Labour', pp.5-17 in The Woman's Labour (1739), Mary Collier; A Present for a Servant-Maid (1743), Eliza Fowler Haywood; Directions to Servants (1754), Jonathan Swift.
Jeannie Dalporto, PhD is Assistant Professor of English, Program Coordinator of English, University of Charleston.