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Thomas Hardy Writing Dress

Author: Simon Gatrell
Publisher: Bern Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften 201202, ©2011.
Series: Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st, New edView all editions and formats
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This new study provides fresh readings of Thomas Hardy's work and illuminates the social and cultural history of dress in the nineteenth century. The book argues that Hardy had a more detailed and acute understanding of the importance of dress in forming and regulating personal identity and social relations than any other writer of his time. Structured thematically, it takes into account both nineteenth-century and
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Gatrell
ISBN: 9783035301823 3035301824
OCLC Number: 1046090787
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages).
Contents: Dress and Personality; Dress and Identity --
Dress, the Body and Sexuality --
Gloves --
Hair --
Boots and Shoes in Under the Greenwood Tree --
Dress as Gendered Experience --
Cross-Dressing in Wessex --
Dress in Society --
Coloured Clothes --
Clothing the World, the World and Clothing: The Return of the Native --
Dress and Death --
'Visible Essences'.
Series Title: Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1
Responsibility: Simon Gatrell.

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This new study provides fresh readings of Thomas Hardy's work and illuminates the social and cultural history of dress in the nineteenth century. The book argues that Hardy had a more detailed and acute understanding of the importance of dress in forming and regulating personal identity and social relations than any other writer of his time. Structured thematically, it takes into account both nineteenth-century and modern theoretical approaches to the significance of what we wear. The author gives an extended analysis of individual works by Hardy, showing, for example, that A Pair of Blue Eyes is central to the study of the function of clothing in the expression and perception of sexuality. The Hand of Ethelberta, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and The Woodlanders are examined in order to show the extent to which dress obscures or reveals the nature of the self. Hardy's other novels, as well as the short stories and poems, are used to confirm the centrality of dress and clothing in Hardy's work. The book also raises issues such as the gendering of dress, cross-dressing, work clothes and working with clothes, dress and the environment, the symbolism of colour in clothes, and the dress conventions relating to death.

±(...) a fascinating, minutely observed and beautifully written book ... .? Rachel Worth, Costume 47, 2013/1).

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