House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants Book Review by Peter Pen

House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants
A critical review of the book "House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants and Masters in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro," by Sandra Lauderdale Graham.
# 113494 | 787 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009


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Description:

This paper discusses Sandra Lauderdale Graham's book "House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants and Masters in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro." The writer gives a brief synopsis of the book and explains how it goes beyond the roles of the servants in the household to a range of topics such as public health, urban reforms and carnival. The writer concludes that although Graham's subject matter is not broad enough and her use of travelers' accounts raises questions of accuracy, the book's achievement overshadows its weaknesses.

From the Paper:

"The book begins with the city as a socially inscribed landscape with the servant women at the center. It then examines their various jobs as chambermaids, wet-nurses, laundresses, seamstresses, while examining the hierarchy among different types of servants (such as wet nurses, chamber maid cooks etc) in order to explore the diversity of their experiences. It follows with the examination of the lives servants managed to conduct privately as lovers, wives, and mothers and as inhabitants of the slums which were their neighbourhoods."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sandra Lauderdale Graham, House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants and Masters in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Cite this Book Review:

APA Format

House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants (2009, April 14) Retrieved December 11, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/house-and-street-the-domestic-world-of-servants-113494/

MLA Format

"House and Street: The Domestic World of Servants" 14 April 2009. Web. 11 December. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/house-and-street-the-domestic-world-of-servants-113494/>

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