Luddism in Nineteenth-Century Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Binfield, Kevin. “Industrial Gender: Manly Men and Cross-Dressers in the Luddite Movement.” In Mapping Male Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century England, edited by William Brewer, Elizabeth Dell, and Jay Losey, pp. 29-38. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000.

Discusses the implications of the Luddites' wearing women's clothing during attacks on factories in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

———. Writings of the Luddites, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004, 304 p.

Provides an extensive collection of poems, proclamations, petitions, songs, and letters written by Luddites or Luddite sympathizers between 1811 and 1816. This volume includes an in-depth introduction to the texts, providing a historical overview for those unfamiliar with the particulars of the Luddites and their activities, explorations of their rhetorical strategies, and an examination of their literary context.

Dinwiddy, J. R. From Luddism to the First Reform Bill: Reform in England 1810-1832. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986, 88 p.

Examines the reform movements of 1810-32, including Luddism, in relation to the ideas and motives that inspired them.

Fox, Nicols. “The Mechanized Hand.” In Against the Machine: The Hidden Luddite Tradition in Literature, Art, and Individual Lives, pp. 74-117. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2002.

Discusses prose works by Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, and John Ruskin that show Luddite influence in their criticism of the effects of mechanization on human life.

Peel, Frank. The Rising of the Luddites: Chartists and Plug-Drawers. New York: August M. Kelley Publishers, 1968, 349 p.

Provides an account of the Luddite uprisings.

Sale, Kirkpatrick. “The Luddites: 1813—…” In Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution: Lessons for the Computer Age, pp. 187-204. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995.

Discusses the triumphs and failures of Luddism as a movement.

Watkinson, Ray. “The Luddites in the Period 1779-1830.” In The Luddites and Other Essays, edited by Lionel M. Munby, pp. 33-56. London: Michael Katanka, 1971.

Chronicles the causes, aims, and actions of the Luddites.