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English
Course
ENGB35H3
Professor
Natalie Rose
Semester
Winter

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Little Women Part 2 Meg and Jo, granted Crusoe middle-class industry • Framed in nationalistic way • American girls are hard-working and independent • Especially nationalistic gendering • Their jobs aren’t that radical, they still confine them to domestic spaces • This extensive of industry and independence doesn’t trouble the idea of separate spheres • Another move: if you wok at the home, your actually bring wage labour into domestic sphere • Emphasis in this book on the way that work can fit in domestic ideology • Work defined as house work, its wholesome, keeps from boredom and mischief, gives sense of power better than money or fashion Alcott literalizes, embodies the difference in spheres: • March house, entirely female • Laurence house, all male • Pushing the idea of male sphere and female spheres to extremes here • How she portrays the separate spheres, the values attached/presented • Laurie, peeping tom, entranced by domesticity • And female sphere, the femininity • His house is cold and forbidding and distinctly lacking in domestic ties • Super patriotic? • He was feeling sick and lonely • They have cultural capital, library, piano, girls jealous • But they are rich in family or something • Also shifting the terms here, goes out of its way to redefine riches in domestic turns • Track throughout book, Meg especially learns what it means • Laurie’s envious here • On one hand, quite radical in the 19 century, still rather conservative though, because it only prioritizes one side of the binary, which still fundamentally based on biological • Women belong at home, but homes alright, so its all good • Meg learns the lesson earlier in chapter three, and then later again • Meg is really a good girl, because rouge is a step too far, and she rebels it • Laurie turns up as a policeman as the situation looks at her with disapproval because she was all vain • Alcott framing her version of Cinderella, Meg getting makeover • The presentation of the Moffats: • They are rich, their daughters dress expensively • Meg intuits the problem with the Moffats quite early on • They are rich, but not particularly cultivated • Her makeover transforms her into a Moffat minion and it occludes her natural character • These people are just superficial • The middleclass value is not to have money, its much better to have taste • To be disgusted by overt displays of wealth, essentially trying to make yourself feel better by saying taste > wealth • Moffats bad version of Laurence • Mr.Laurence values money over taste, cause Laurie cant be an ar
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