By Celia Marshik
Celia Marshik’s examine combines shut readings of modernist and middlebrow works, a heritage of england within the early 20th century, and the insights of factor concept. She specializes in 4 designated different types of recent garments: the night dress, the waterproof coat, the fondness gown gown, and secondhand clothes. of their use of those outfits, we see authors negotiate moving gender roles, weigh the worth of individuality in the course of nationwide clash, paintings via mortality, and depict altering type buildings. Marshik’s dynamic comparisons positioned Ulysses in dialog with Rebecca, Punch cartoons, articles in Vogue, and letters from shoppers, illuminating reviews approximately particular clothing and a common anxiousness that folks have been not more than what they wore. all through her readings, Marshik emphasizes the power animation of clothingand objectification of individualsin early-twentieth-century literature and society. She argues that whereas artists and intellectuals celebrated the power of recent participants to remake themselves, more than a few literary works and renowned courses issues to a lingering nervousness approximately how political, social, and fiscal stipulations persevered to constrain the individual.
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At the Mercy of Their Clothes: Modernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture (Modernist Latitudes) by Celia Marshik