University of Northern Iowa Dept. of English Language and Literature student writing award of excellence for critical essay
Working class in literature; Sculpture in literature; Davis, Rebecca Harding, 1831-1910. Life in the iron mills;
The korl woman portrayed within Rebecca Davis’ work, Life in the Iron-Mills is an essential element to understanding the story and its social implications. Additionally, one’s understanding of the possible representations the sculpture has is vital to one’s understanding of the class struggles existing during this time. According to editor of Life in the Iron-Mills, Cecelia Tichi, “korl”, as referred to throughout the story is colloquial speech for “scorl” or “scoria” a product of smelted iron ore (18). The sculpture Hugh creates from this substance represents several different ideas and issues prominent during this time, as well as bringing to light the work conditions and class divisions made evident within Life in the Iron-Mills.
Department of English Language and Literature
©2008 Lindsay Ruter
Ruter, Lindsay, "The famished class" (2008). Student Writing Awards. 14.