Dress, Distress and Desire by Jennie Batchelor
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Dress, Distress and Desire
By Jennie Batchelor

Dress, Distress and Desire

Clothing and the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Literature

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Dress, Distress and Desire by Jennie Batchelor

Book Description

Dress, Distress and Desire explores representations of sartorial experience in eighteenth-century literature. Batchelor's study brings together for the first time canonical and non-canonical texts including novels, conduct books and women's magazines to investigate the pressures that the growth of the fashion market placed on conceptions of female virtue and propriety. It shows how dress dispelled the sentimental myth that the body acted as a moral index and enabled the women reader to resist some of sentimental literature's more prescriptive advice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403948472
ISBN-10: 140394847X
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 225
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 11-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jennie Batchelor

JENNIE BATCHELOR is Lecturer in English at the University of Kent. She has published on women and gender in the eighteenth century. She is an Associate Editor of the e-journal CW3, the journal of the Corvey Women's Writers Project, and is a General Editor of a new Palgrave series A History of British Women's Writing. With Cora Kaplan, she has co-edited a collection of essays on authorship, history and politics in eighteenth-century women's writing to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2005

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