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Carolyn Kay Steedman (20 March 1947) is a British historian and Emeritus Professor in the University of Warwick History Department.



  • The Tidy House: Little Girls Writing, London: Virago, 1982. Analysis: Maslen (J Hist Edu Society).
  • `Introduction' to Kathleen Woodward, Jipping Street (1928), London: Virago, 1983.
  • Policing the Victorian Community: the Formation of English Provincial Police Forces, 1856-1880, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984, x+215 pp. Review: Curtis (Soc History).
  • editor, with Cathy Urwin and Valerie Walkerdine, Language, Gender and Childhood, London: Routledge & Paul Kegan, 1985, 265 pp.
  • Landscape for a Good Woman: A Story of Two Lives, London: Virago, 1986; New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1987, 176 pp, OL. An autobiographical class analysis which looks at the author's working class upbringing in 1950s London. Analysis: Maslen (Memory Studies).
  • The Radical Soldier's Tale: John Pearman, 1819-1908, Routledge, 1988.
  • Childhood, Culture and Class In Britain: Margaret McMillan, 1860-1931, London: Virago, 1990; Rutgers University Press, 1990.
  • Past Tenses: Essays on Writing, History and Autobiography, 1980-1990, Rivers-Oram Press, 1992. Excerpt.
  • Strange Dislocations. Childhood and the Idea of Human Interiority, 1780-1980, London: Virago, 1995; Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Dust, Manchester University Press, 2001, xi+195 pp; US edition as Dust: The Archive and Cultural History, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001, xi+195 pp. [1] Reviews: Tollebeek (History & Theory), Ganaway (H-Net), Wurl (Am Archivist).
  • Master and Servant: Love and Labour in the English Industrial Age, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Labours Lost. Domestic Service and the Making of Modern England, Cambridge University Press, 2009. Frontmatter.
  • An Everyday Life of the English Working Class: Work, Self and Sociability in the Early Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2013, xi+298 pp. Introduction. Review: August (Econ Hist Rev).
  • Poetry for Historians, Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2018. About the practice, writing and meaning of history in the modern world, esp. on the history-poetry of W.H. Auden.

Book chapters, papers[edit]

  • "The Tidy House", Feminist Review 6, Oct 1980, pp 1-24.
  • "Schools of Writing", Screen Education 34, Apr 1981, pp 5-13.
  • "Battlegrounds: History and Primary Schools", History Workshop Journal 17, Spring 1984, pp 102-112.
  • "History in the Primary School", History Today, May 1984, pp 12-13.
  • "Landscape for a Good Woman", in Girls Growing Up in the 1950s, ed. Liz Heron, London: Virago, 1985, pp 103-126.
  • "Prisonhouses", Feminist Review 20, Summer 1985, pp 7-21.
  • "'The Mother Made Conscious': The History of a Primary School Pedagogy", History Workshop 20, Autumn 1985, pp 149-163.
  • "Amarjit's Song", in Language, Gender and Childhood, eds. Steedman, et al., 1985.
  • "The Tidy House Revisited", Language Matters, Jun 1986, pp 10-12.
  • ""La madre concienciada: El desarrollo historico de una pedagogia para la escuela primaria", Revista de Educacion 281, 1986, pp 193-211. (Spanish)
  • "Intertextualities", British Journal of the Sociology of Education 7:4, 1986, pp 455-459.
  • "Prisonhouses", in Teachers: the Culture and Politics of Work, eds. M. Lawn and G. Grace, Falmer Press, 1987, pp 117-129.
  • "Interview with Angela Rodaway", in Writing Lives, ed. Mary Chamberlain, London: Virago, 1987, pp 192-204.
  • "'The Mother Made Conscious'", in Family, School and Society, eds. A. Woodhead and M. McGrath, Hodder and Stoughton for the Open University Press, 1988, pp 82-95.
  • "True Romances", in Patriotism, Vol. I, ed. Raphael Samuel, Routledge, 1989.
  • "Women's Biography and Autobiography: Forms of history, histories of form", in From My Guy to Sci-Fi: Genre and Women's Writing in the Post-modern World, ed. H. Carr, Pandora Press, 1989, pp 98-111.
  • "Living Historically Now?", Arena 97, Summer 1991, pp 48-64.
  • "Culture, Cultural Studies, and the Historians", in Cultural Studies, eds. Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson and Paula Treichler, Routledge, New York, 1992, pp 613-622.
  • "Bodies, Figures and Physiology: Margaret McMillan and the Late Nineteenth Century Remaking of Working Class Childhood", in In the Name of the Child: Health and Welfare, 1880-1940, ed. Roger Cooter, Routledge, 1992, pp 19-44.
  • "La Théorie qui n'en est pas une, or, Why Clio Doesn't Care", History and Theory 31, 1992, pp 33-50.
  • "Mignon and Her Meanings", in Fin-de-Siecle, Fin du Globe: Fears and Fantasies of the late 19th century, ed. John Stokes, Macmillan, 1993, pp 102-116.
  • "The ILP and Education: the Bradford Charter", in The Centennial History of the Independent Labour Party, eds. David James, Tony Jowitt and Keith Laybourn, Ryburn Academic Publishing, Halifax 1993, pp 277-298.
  • "Bimbos from Hell", Social History 19:1, Jan 1994, pp 57-67.
  • "The Price of Experience: Women and the Making of the English Working Class", Radical History Review 59, Spring 1994, pp 108-119.
  • "La Théorie qui n'en est pas une, or, Why Clio Doesn't Care", in Feminists Revision History, ed. Ann-Louise Shapiro, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 1994, pp 73-94.
  • "From Landscape for a Good Woman", in The Penguin Book of Women's Lives, ed. Phyllis Rose, Viking, 1994, pp 715-724.
  • "Death of a Good Woman" [from Landscape for a Good Woman], in Identity and Diversity. Gender and the Experience of Education, eds. Maud Blair and Janet Holland, Multilingual Matters in association with the Open University, 1995, pp 8-23.
  • "Maps and Polar Regions. A Note on the Presentation of Childhood Subjectivity in Fiction of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries", in Mapping the Subject. Geographies of Cultural Transformation, eds. Steve Pile and Nigel Thrift, Routledge, 1995, pp 77-92.
  • "The Peculiarities of English Autobiography. An Autobiographical Education, 1945-1975", in Plurality and Individuality. Autobiographical Cultures in Europe, ed. Christa Hammerle, Vienna: IFK Internationales Forschungzentrum/Kulturwissenschaften, 1995, pp 86-94.
  • "Inside, Outside, Other: Accounts of National Identity in the Nineteenth Century", History of the Human Sciences 8:4, Nov 1995, pp 59-76.
  • "Linguistic Encounters of the Third Kind", Journal of Victorian Culture 1:1, Spring 1996.
  • "About Ends. On How the End is Different from an Ending", History of the Human Sciences 9:4, Nov 1996, pp 99-114.
  • "A Weekend with Elektra", Literature and History 6:1, Spring 1997, pp 17-42.
  • "Writing the Self: The End of the Scholarship Girl", in Cultural Methodologies, ed. Jim McGuigan, Sage, 1997, pp 106-125.
  • "The Space of Memory: In an Archive", History of the Human Sciences 11:4, 1998, pp 65-83.
  • "What a Rag Rug Means", Journal of Material Culture 3:3, 1998, pp 259-281.
  • "State Sponsored Autobiography", in Moments of Modernity. Reconstructing Britain 1945-1964, eds. Becky Conekin, Frank Mort, and Chris Waters, Rivers Oram, 1999, pp 41-54.
  • "A Woman Writing a Letter", in Epistolary Selves. Letters and Letter-Writers, ed. Rebecca Earle, Ashgate, 1999, pp 35-46.
  • "Servicio domestico y servidumbre en el mundo del trabajo: los criados en Inglaterra, 1750-1820", in Cultura social y politica en el mundo del trabajo, eds. J. Paniagua, J.A. Piqueras and V. Sanz, Valencia: Biblioteca Historia Social, 1999, pp 105-123. (Spanish)
  • "The Watercress Seller", in Reading the Past, ed. Tamsin Spargo, Palgrave, 2000, pp 18-25.
  • "Fictions of Engagement: Eleanor Marx, Biographical Space", in Eleanor Marx (1855-1898), Life, Work, Contacts, ed. John Stokes, Ashgate, 2000, pp 69-81.
  • "Enforced Narratives. Stories of Another Self", in Feminism and Autobiography. Texts, Theories, Methods, eds. Tess Cosslett, Celia Lury and Penny Summerfield, Routledge, 2000, pp 25-39.
  • "Going to Middlemarch: History and the Novel", Michigan Quarterly Review 40:3, Summer 2001, pp 531-552.
  • "Michelet, Derrida and Dust", American Historical Review 106:4, Oct 2001, pp 1159-1180.
  • "Something She Called a Fever: Michelet, Derrida, and Dust", The American Historical Review, 106:4, Oct 2001, pp 1159-1180.
  • "Englishness, Clothes and Little Things. Towards a Political Economy of the Corset", in The Englishness of English Dress, ed. Christopher Breward, Berg, 2002, pp 29-44.
  • "Service and Servitude in the World of Labor: Servants in England, 1750-1820", in The Age of Cultural Revolutions. Britain and France, 1750-1820, eds. Colin Jones and Dror Wahrman, California University Press, 2002, pp 124-136.
  • "Lord Mansfield’s Women", Past and Present 176, Aug 2002, pp 105-143.
  • "Servants and their Relationship to the Unconscious", Journal of British Studies 42, Jul 2003, pp 316-350.
  • "The Servant’s Labour. The Business of Life, England 1760-1820", Social History 29:1, 2004, pp 1-29.
  • "Archival Methods", in Research Methods for English Studies, ed. Gabriele Griffin, University of Edinburgh Press, 2005, pp 17-29. [2]
  • "Poetical Maids and Cooks Who Wrote", Eighteenth-Century Studies 39:1, 2005, pp 1-27.
  • "A Boiling Copper and Some Arsenic: Servants, Childcare and Class Consciousness in late eighteenth-century England", Critical Inquiry 34:1, 2007, pp 36-77.
  • "Intimacy in Research: Accounting for It", History of the Human Sciences 21:4, 2008, pp 17-33.
  • "Literacy, Reading, and Concepts of the Self", in The Cambridge Handbooks of Literacy, eds. David R. Olson and Nancy Torrance, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp 221-241.
  • "On Not Writing Biography", New Formations: Reading Life Writing 67, 2009, pp 15-24.
  • "Some Way Out of Here", Journal of Women’s History 21:4, 2009, pp 167-173.
  • "After the Archive", Comparative Critical Studies 8:2-3, 2011, pp 321-340. [3]
  • "All Written Up", History and Theory 50:3, 2011, pp 433-442. Review essay, concerning Unsettling History, eds. Jobs and Lüdtke.
  • "Sights Unseen, Cries Unheard. Writing the Eighteenth-century Metropolis", Representations 118, 2012, pp 28-71.
  • "At Every Bloody Level. A Magistrate, a Framework Knitter, and the Law", Law and History Review 30:2, 2012, pp 387-422.
  • "Living with the Dead", in The Craft of Knowledge: Experiences of Living with Data, eds. Carol Smart, Jenny Hockey, and Allison James, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp 162-175. [4]