Dress, Distress and Desire Clothing and the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Literature

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Pub. Date: 2005-07-22
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Dress, Distress and Desire 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.

Author Biography

Jennie Batchelor is Lecturer in English at the University of Kent.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations * Acknowledgements * Introduction * Seeing Through Pamela's Clothes * 'The Spoils of Virtue': Mantua-Makers, Milliners and their Shops * Re-Clothing the Female Reader: Dress and the Eighteenth Century Magazine * The Sentimental Fashion System: Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women and the Magdalen House for Penitent Prostitutes * 'The cambrick handkerchief sensibility': Re-figuring Sentiment in Maria Edgworth's Belinda * Bibliography * Index

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