Giles, Judy. The Parlour and the Suburb: Domestic Identities, Class, Femininity and Modernity (Oxford: Berg, 2004)

Focusing on the first half of the twentieth century, Giles challenges stereotypes about domesticity, arguing that home and private life were crucial spaces in which the interrelations of class and gender impacted significantly on the formation of modern feminine subjectivities. Topics covered include suburbia, consumption practices, domestic service and the housewife. Texts examined include oral narratives, women's magazines and literary and feminist texts.

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