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'Is there no work in hand?' : the idle son theme at mid-century

Sanders, Valerie



This article presents work as the possible site of a generational conflict over the definition of masculinity between parents and children, focusing on the father and son dynamic. It tackles cases of idle sons, or educated young men who cannot establish themselves in any one career, in the middle classes around the middle of the 19th century. It discusses the changing attitudes to what forms masculine work in these classes. It gives emphasis to the case of widowed mother Margaret Oliphant who expressed mixed signals about the significance of work.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010-03
Journal Studies In The Literary Imagination
Print ISSN 0039-3819
Publisher Georgia State University, Department of English
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 1
Pages 49-68
APA6 Citation Sanders, V. (2010). 'Is there no work in hand?' : the idle son theme at mid-century. Studies in the Literary Imagination, 43(1), 49-68
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Additional Information Copy of article first published in Studies in the literary imagination, v.43, issue 1, 2010


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