Child Labor in Nineteenth-Century Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Bolin-Hort, Per. Work, Family and the State: Child Labour and the Organization of Production in the British Cotton Industry, 1780-1920. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Press, 1989, 328 p.

Provides a complete study of child labor in Great Britain's mechanized cotton factories from the late eighteenth century until child labor was abolished in 1920.

DePaolo, Charles. “Coleridge on Child-Labour Reform.” The Charles Lamb Bulletin n.s. 4-5 (January 1984): 187-94.

Considers the pamphlets and letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge protesting the employment of children in factories and mills.

Gourley, Catherine. Good Girl Work: Factories, Sweatshops, and How Women Changed Their Role in the American Workforce. Brookfield, Conn.: The Millbrook Press, 1999, 96 p.

Studies the employment of young girls in the laundry and garment industries in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America and the reformers who tried to end the practice.

Pattern, Robert L. “Autobiography into Autobiography: The Evolution of David Copperfield.” In Approaches to Victorian Autobiography, edited by George P. Landow, pp. 269-91. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1979.

Discusses Dickens's autobiographical fragment dealing with his experience at Warren's Blacking Factory and how it informed the writing of David Copperfield.

Ranta, Judith A. Women and Children of the Mills: An Annotated Guide to Nineteenth-Century American Textile Factory Literature. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999, 330 p.

Presents a comprehensive listing of stories, pamphlets, and poetry, much of it available today only in anthologies and special collections, along with a brief description of each work.

Sharma, Basudeo. “From Factory to Prison.” In The Victorian Novel: Problems and Portraits of the Child, pp. 77-103. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1982.

Analyzes the treatment of child labor and other abuses in popular Victorian novels.

Smith, Lindsay. “The Shoe-Black to the Crossing Sweeper: Victorian Street Arabs and Photography.” Textual Practice 10, no. 1 (spring 1996): 29-55.

Examines the manner in which East End London street children were represented as ethnic “others” in photographs of the 1850s and 60s.

Weissbach, Lee Shai. Child Labor Reform in Nineteenth-Century France: Assuring the Future Harvest. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989, 268 p.

Recounts the history of factory and child labor reform movements and legislation in early industrial France.