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Author Smith, Chloe Wigston, author

Title Women, work and clothes in the eighteenth-century novel / Chloe Wigston Smith, University of Georgia
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (x, 260 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- The rhetoric and materials of clothes. The ornaments of prose -- Paper clothes -- The practical habits of fiction. Shift work -- Domestic work -- Public work -- Afterword
Summary This groundbreaking study examines the vexed and unstable relations between the eighteenth-century novel and the material world. Rather than exploring dress's transformative potential, it charts the novel's vibrant engagement with ordinary clothes in its bid to establish new ways of articulating identity and market itself as a durable genre. In a world in which print culture and textile manufacturing traded technologies, and paper was made of rags, the novel, by contrast, resisted the rhetorical and aesthetic links between dress and expression, style and sentiment. Chloe Wigston Smith shows how fiction exploited women's work with clothing--through stealing, sex work, service, stitching, and the stage--in order to revise and reshape material culture within its pages. Her book explores a diverse group of authors, including Jane Barker, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, John Cleland, Frances Burney and Mary Robinson.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-254) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Clothing and dress in literature
English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Women in literature
Work in literature
Working class in literature
Clothing and dress in literature.
English fiction.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Women in literature.
Work in literature.
Working class in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013004680
ISBN 1107274109