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Postal PleasuresSex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters$
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Kate Thomas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.001.0001

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A Queer Job for a Girl: The Communicative Touch in Trollope, Hardy, and Lynn Linton

A Queer Job for a Girl: The Communicative Touch in Trollope, Hardy, and Lynn Linton

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(p.99) Chapter 3 A Queer Job for a Girl: The Communicative Touch in Trollope, Hardy, and Lynn Linton
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Postal Pleasures
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Kate Thomas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0004

Between 1877 and 1881, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy and Eliza Lynn Linton published stories which all portray women companions who are "more like lovers than girl and girl." The women are also all telegraph operators or Post Office employees. This chapter explores why working with postal technologies goes hand in hand with these women’s "predilection" for women. In search of independence, these heroines all set up home with their female companion: these are fictions which imagine what domestic relations might look like for the unmarried, middle-class woman who chooses a working life. This chapter proposes that it is the telecommunicative nature of Post Office work, which elicits stories of lesbian relations. The unmarried women are part of a communication matrix and civil service; the trope of the network thus displaces the rule of the family tree.

Keywords:   post office, sex, queer, thomas hardy, eliza lynn lynton, anthony trollope, lesbian, telegraph, telecommunication, literature, victorian

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