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Displaying Women explores the role of women in the representation of leisure in turn-of-the-century New York. To see and be seen--on Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Central Park, and in the fashionable uptown hotels and restaurants--was one of the fundamental principles in the display aesthetic of New York's fashionable society. Maureen E. Montgomery argues for a reconsideration of the role of women in the bourgeois elite in turn-of-the-century America. By contrasting multiple images of women drawn from newspapers, magazines, private correspondence, etiquette manuals and the New York fiction of Edith Wharton, Henry James and others, she offers a convincing antidote to the long-standing tendency in women's history to overlook women whose class affiliations have put them in a position of power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415905664
ISBN-10: 0415905664
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-May-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maureen E. Montgomery

Maureen E. Montgomery is Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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