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Dressed in Fiction

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"Dressed in Fiction" traces the deployment of dress in key fictional texts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from Defoe's "Roxana" to Hardy's" Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth." Covering a range of topics, from … weiterlesen
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Titel: Dressed in Fiction
Autor/en: Clair Hughes

ISBN: 184520171X
EAN: 9781845201715
Sprache: Englisch.
BERG PUBL INC

Februar 2006 - gebunden - 214 Seiten

Beschreibung

"Dressed in Fiction" traces the deployment of dress in key fictional texts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from Defoe's "Roxana" to Hardy's" Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth." Covering a range of topics, from the growth of the middle classes and the association of luxury with vice, to the reasons why wedding dresses rarely ever symbolize happiness, the book presents a unique study of the history of clothing through the most popular and influential literature of this time.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Dressing for the Reader The Fatal Dress: 'Roxana' Daniel Defoe Talk about Muslin: 'Northanger Abbey,' Jane Austen Unrepentant Dandies: 'Pendennis,' William Thackeray The Woman in White and the Woman in Colour: Wilkie Collins;' 'Woman in White' and Mary Braddon's 'Lady Audley's Secret' 'Mind and Millinery': George Eliot's 'Middlemarch' Shades of White: Henry James's, 'The Siege of London' and 'The Author of Beltraffio' Consuming Clothes: Edith Wharton's 'The House of Mirth' The Missing Wedding Dresses: Samuel Richardson's 'Pamela' to Anita Brookner's 'Hotel Du Lac'

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Clair Hughes is an independent scholar.

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A witty and complex book, Dressed in Fiction provides an illuminating discussion of those novels I am familiar with and makes me want to read those I've yet to encounter. The quality of the author's scholarship is outstanding. Michael Carter, University of Sydney From the lost Arcadia symbolized in a Dandy's attire, to the gown as nemesis, Hughes presents an insightful analysis of nearly three centuries of literature, encompassing Richardson, Austen, Thackeray, Eliot, James, Wharton and more. Essential reading for historians of dress and the novel, Dressed in Fiction will also appeal to all with an interest in the culture and arts of this period. Mary Schoeser, Senior Research Fellow, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design A fascinating analysis of what classic authors were telling readers when they described their heroes' or heroines' costumes - information that has often been lost over time. Alison Lurie, The Guardian Illustrated throughout with interesting plates, Dressed in Fiction shows a range of knowledge in literary examples and is both interesting and erudite in the analysis of sartorial splendor. English Literature in Transition
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