At the Mercy of Their Clothes

At the Mercy of Their Clothes

At the Mercy of Their Clothes explores the agency of fashion in modern literature, its reflection of new relations between people and things, and its embodiment of a rapidly changing society confronted by war and cultural and economic ...

Author: Celia Marshik

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231542968

Category: Literary Criticism

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In much of modern fiction, it is the clothes that make the character. Garments embody personal and national histories. They convey wealth, status, aspiration, and morality (or a lack thereof). They suggest where characters have been and where they might be headed, as well as whether or not they are aware of their fate. At the Mercy of Their Clothes explores the agency of fashion in modern literature, its reflection of new relations between people and things, and its embodiment of a rapidly changing society confronted by war and cultural and economic upheaval. In some cases, people need garments to realize themselves. In other cases, the clothes control the person who wears them. Celia Marshik's study combines close readings of modernist and middlebrow works, a history of Britain in the early twentieth century, and the insights of thing theory. She focuses on four distinct categories of modern clothing: the evening gown, the mackintosh, the fancy dress costume, and secondhand attire. In their use of these clothes, we see authors negotiate shifting gender roles, weigh the value of individuality during national conflict, work through mortality, and depict changing class structures. Marshik's dynamic comparisons put Ulysses in conversation with Rebecca, Punch cartoons, articles in Vogue, and letters from consumers, illuminating opinions about specific garments and a widespread anxiety that people were no more than what they wore. Throughout her readings, Marshik emphasizes the persistent animation of clothing—and objectification of individuals—in early-twentieth-century literature and society. She argues that while artists and intellectuals celebrated the ability of modern individuals to remake themselves, a range of literary works and popular publications points to a lingering anxiety about how political, social, and economic conditions continued to constrain the individual.
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Little Mercy s Mantle

Little Mercy s Mantle

than ever , Mercy's father told her they would pack their few clothes and leave at once . “ I cannot bear the room , Mercy ; we will go to the other end of the city , quite away from here , near the cemetery .

Author: Annie Preston

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ISBN: OXFORD:590808029

Category: Temperance

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Categories: Temperance

The biblical museum Old Testament

The biblical museum  Old Testament

“ God is now us what God makes the fears ! a mercy it wounds of which mock all Gehazi ( 2 Kings have met with a ... penetrating their clothes and their knapotherwise have sacks , filling the barrels of their rifles , and striving to ...

Author: James Comper Gray

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ISBN: OXFORD:600090593

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Harper s Magazine

Harper s Magazine

He too — though he laid his hand on her shoulder and obliged had only once seen Mercy - felt an angry her to resume her seat . sense of the insult offered to the beautiful “ I will ... “ You of taking your papers and your clothes .

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Harper s New Monthly Magazine

Harper s New Monthly Magazine

He too - though he laid his hand on her shoulder and obliged had only once seen Mercy -- felt an angry her to resume her seat . sense of the insult offered to the beautiful " I will ... “ You of taking your papers and your clothes .

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ISBN: UCBK:B000541502

Category: American literature

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Harper's Magazine made its debut in June 1850, the brainchild of the prominent New York book-publishing firm Harper & Brothers. Harper's Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper's Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought Harper's provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture.
Categories: American literature

Modernism Sex and Gender

Modernism  Sex  and Gender

Including brief case studies of such writers as May Sinclair and Radclyffe Hall, this book is a valuable guide for those looking to understand the history of critical thought on gender and sexuality in modernist studies today.

Author: Celia Marshik

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350020467

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Modernism, Sex, and Gender is an up-to-date and in-depth review of how theories of gender and sexuality have shaped the way modernism has been read and interpreted from its inception to the present day. The volume explores four key aspects of modernist literature and criticism that have contributed to the new modernist studies: women's contributions to modernism; masculinities; sexuality; and the intersection of gender and sexuality with politics and law. Including brief case studies of such writers as May Sinclair and Radclyffe Hall, this book is a valuable guide for those looking to understand the history of critical thought on gender and sexuality in modernist studies today.
Categories: Social Science

TEMPLE BAR

TEMPLE BAR

a Julian stopped her there with one plain question , which threw a Joubt on the whole story . ... Julian resumed , with a last effort of patience , “ what use could Mercy Merrick make of your letters and your clothes ? ” “ What use ?

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ISBN: OXFORD:555031343

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Temple Bar

Temple Bar

a 66 Julian stopped her there with one plain question , which threw a Joubt on the whole story . ... Julian resumed , with a last effort of patience , “ what use could Mercy Merrick make of your letters and your clothes ?

Author: George Augustus Sala

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ISBN: CORNELL:31924057354718

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The New Magdalen

The New Magdalen

The name marked on your clothes , when you were in the hospital , was “ Mercy Merrick . ” ' The self - possession which ... She turned and looked appealingly at Julian , who had thus far kept his place apart , listening attentively .

Author: Wilkie Collins

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