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Lifting the veil of ‘Inchantment’
Jennie Batchelor

/unproductive/reproductive labour hierarchy suggested by The Wealth of Nations, Smith, I suggest, looked back to the Lockean paradigm of labour as self-ownership. As a femme couverte, the wife of a debtor and mother to children defrauded of their inheritance, Smith found in the labour theory of value, I suggest, a means to self-possession through authorship that eluded her in life. If Smith’s engagement with questions surrounding female labour and value tells a very personal story, then in Wollstonecraft’s case the question of women’s work is very much a public concern, the negotiation of which

in Women’s work
Jennie Batchelor

such, ‘The History of a Gentoo Slave’ can profitably be read as an attempt to recuperate authorship in fiction through a reworking of the division of labour not unlike that attempted in Claims of Literature. Like Williams’s manifesto, Instructive Rambles Extended establishes writing as an analogue for labour in order to argue for the transformative and socially useful role of literature, before subordinating mechanical to intellectual work within the strict labour hierarchy the text constructs in order to assert authorship’s primacy as a morally useful, politically

in Women’s work