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Dress culture in late Victorian women's fiction : literacy, textiles, and activism / Christine Bayles Kortsch.

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Subject: English fiction > Women authors > History and criticism.
English fiction > 19th century > History and criticism.
Clothing and dress in literature.
Sewing in literature.
Material culture in literature.
Material culture > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780754694588
  • ISBN: 0754694585
  • ISBN: 1282382667
  • ISBN: 9781282382664
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 201 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Farnham, England ; Ashgate, ©2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-195) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Writing in fabric, working in print -- The needle dipped in blood -- Fashioning women : the Victorian corset -- Art's labor lost : haunting the dress shop -- Beautiful revolution : new women sew a new world.
Summary: Christine Bayles Kortsch asks us to shift our understanding of late Victorian literary culture by examining its inextricable relationship with the material culture of dress and sewing, what Kortsch terms "dress culture." Focusing on novels by writers such as Olive Schreiner, Margaret Oliphant, and Gertrude Dix and periodicals like The Englishwomen's Domestic Magazine, Kortsch's book broadens our view of New Woman fiction and its relationship both to dress culture and to contemporary women's fiction.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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