This book offers a much-needed study of the Victorian vel's role in representing and shaping the service sector's emergence. Arguing that prior accounts of the vel's relation to the rise of finance have missed the emergence of a wider service sector, it traces the effects of service work's many forms and class positions in the Victorian vel.
Joshua Gooch is an Assistant Professor at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. His research focuses on intersections of work, power, and aesthetics in literature and film, particularly in relation to cultures with financialized economies, and includes essays on Samuel Butler, Joseph Conrad, Wes Anderson, and war films.
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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture