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Grounded in the ubiquitous, ever-changing matter of fashion, Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion places women at the heart of modern culture. Rich and cohesive, this collection demonstrates how fashion shaped and emerged from diverse cultures of femininity and modernity. By recovering fashion as a dynamic and far-reaching force in culture and politics, the volume examines the nuanced and conflicted terrain of femininity from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Revealing the inextricability of fashion from modern life, the volume argues for placing gender, everyday life, and materiality at the forefront of our accounts of modernity.

This transatlantic and truly interdisciplinary collection, with an afterword by distinguished literary scholar Rita Felski, is also notable for its mix of established and emerging scholars. The contributors address diverse aspects of women's engagement with fashion in modernity, through such topics as Sapphic architecture, tea gowns, secondhand clothing, transnational identity, the coquette, nursing uniforms, and Harlem Renaissance photographs. Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion traces a unique and often surprising history of modernity and its entwinement with the gendered phenomenon of fashion.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, About the Series, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion,
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. I. Fashion and Relationships among Modern Women
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. Fashioning Sapphic Architecture: Eileen Gray and Radclyffe Hall
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. 2. A Domesticated Exoticism: Fashioning Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Tea Gowns
  2. pp. 45-70
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  1. 3. Smart Clothes at Low Prices: Alliances and Negotiations in the British Interwar Secondhand Clothing Trade
  2. pp. 71-86
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  1. II. Fashion and Cultural Anxiety
  2. pp. 87-88
  1. 4. Fear of Fashion; or, How the Coquette Got Her Bad Name
  2. pp. 89-102
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  1. 5. The Discerning Eye: Viewing the Mid-Victorian “Modern” Woman
  2. pp. 103-123
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  1. 6. “Housewife or Harlot”: Art, Fashion, and Morality in the Paris Salon of 1868
  2. pp. 124-148
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  1. III. Fashion and the Materiality of Gender
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 7. “Their Uniforms All Esthetic and Antiseptic”: Fashioning Modern Nursing Identity, 1870–1900
  2. pp. 151-179
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  1. 8. The Face of Fashion: Race and Fantasy in James VanDerZee’s Photography and Jessie Fauset’s Fiction
  2. pp. 180-202
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  1. 9. “More Than a Garment”: Edna Ferber and the Fashioning of Transnational Identity
  2. pp. 203-230
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 258-265
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611682335
Related ISBN
9781611680010
MARC Record
OCLC
822894071
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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