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Fashion and Authorship Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 08/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020


Studies of fashion and literature in recent decades have focused primarily on representations of clothing and dress within literary texts. But what about the author? How did he dress? What where her shopping practices and predilections? What were his alliances with modishness, stylishness, fashion? The essays in this book explore these and other questions as they look at authors from the eighteenth century through the postmodern and digital eras, cultural producers who were also men and women of fashion: Alexander Pope, Hester Thrale, Mary Robinson, Lord Byron, William Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, Margaret Oliphant, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, Trudi Kanter, Angela Carter, and Martin Margiela. The essays collected here ultimately converge upon a fundamental question: what happens to our notions of timeless literature when authorship itself is implicated in the transient and the temporary, the cycles and materials of fashion?

“Gerald Egan’s provocative introduction to this exciting new book poses a bold question: How are authorship and literature – so often linked to ideas of transcendence – implicated in the transient trends and stuff of fashion? The thirteen chapters that follow track authorship’s complex implication in the discourses and materiality of fashion and fashionable goods from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Wide-ranging in discipline and chronology, yet forensically focused and carefully argued, this book makes a striking and wonderfully original contribution to studies of authorship, celebrity and material culture.”

— Dr Jennie Batchelor, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies,
University of Kent, UK


Chapter 1. Introduction by Gerald Egan

Chapter 2. Pastoral Authorship and Porcelain Figurines: Pope’s Elite Aesthetic and the Fashionable Decorative Commodity by Lauren Miskin

Chapter 3. "Magnificent as well as Singular": Hester Thrale's Polynesian Court Dress of 1781 by Serena Dyer

Chapter 4. Becoming Somebody: Refashioning the Body Politic in Mary Robinson’s Nobody by Terry F. Robinson

Chapter 5. Nobleman Incognito: Byron’s Albanian Dress by Gerald Egan

Chapter 6. Fraser’s Magazine and the Instability of Literary Fashion by Richard Salmon

Chapter 7. Fashioning Femininity in the 1840s: Charlotte Brontë and Villette by Birgitta Berglund

Chapter 8. No Room for the ‘Woman of Fashion’: Male Authorship, Anti-fashion, and Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White by Loretta Clayton

Chapter 9. The Writer and the Couturière: Authorship and Creative Industry in the 1870s by Patricia Zakreski

Chapter 10. ‘Down to the last button . . . in the fashion of the hour’: Virginia Woolf and the Writer of Modern Fiction by Randi Koppen

 Chapter 11. Fashioning Modern and Modernist Authorship: Rebecca West in the 1920s and 1930s by Margaret D. Stetz

 Chapter 12. Fashion as Self-Authorship, Escape from Fascist Terror, and Witness Testimony by Phyllis Lassner

Chapter 13. Fantasies of Femininity Redressed: Angela Carter’s Authorial Self-Fashioning by Kimberly J. Lau

Chapter 14. “Style description: / Provenance: / Period:”:  Martin Margiela, Fashion Authorship and Romantic Literary History by Timothy Campbell



Gerald Egan teaches in the English Department at California State University, Long Beach. His book, Fashioning Authorship: Stylish Books of Poetic Genius, was published in 2016.


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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 486 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:20 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 352
Pagine Romane: xvii

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