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Factory Girl

Ellen Johnston and Working-Class Poetry in Victorian Scotland


H. Gustav Klaus

It is at last being recognized that, contrary to common understanding, there were working-class women poets in the nineteenth century. Yet this growing awareness is rarely accompanied by a sustained engagement with their poetry. Painstaking research into the life and work of an author remains constricted to the Brownings and Rossettis of both sexes. The present study breaks with this academic habit. It is the first critical biography of the Glaswegian writer who signed her poems as 'The Factory Girl'. It is an essay in recovery and exploration, situating Ellen Johnston at the intersection of gender, class and nation. It documents her range of subjects, styles and voices. The book is concluded by a selection of Ellen Johnston's verse.
Contents: Feminist criticism and working-class writing - Songs of war and peace - The angry voice - Poems of passion and desire - The Penny Post: audience, community, recognition - Disappearance.