Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-century English Literature and Culture

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Bucknell University Press, 2005 - 302 pagina's
Dressing rooms, introduced into English domestic architecture during the seventeenth century provided elite women with imprecedented private space at home and in so doing promised them an equally unprecedented autonomy by providing a space for self-fashioning, eroticism and contemplation. Tita Chico's Designing Women argues that the dressing room becomes a powerful metaphor in late-seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature for both progressive and conservative satirists and novelists. These writers use the trope to represent competing notions of women's independence and their objectification indicating that the dressing room occupies a central (if neglected) place in the history of private life, postmodern theories of the closet and the development of literary forms.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Womens Private Parts The Politics and Aesthetics of the Dressing Room
25
The Art of Knowing Women A History of the Dressing Room
46
A painted woman is a dangrous thing Dressing Rooms and the Satiric Mode
81
The Arts of Beauty Womens Cosmetics and Popes Ekphrasis
107
The Epistemology of the Dressing Room Experimentation and Swift
132
Richardsons Closet Novels Virtue Education and the Genres of Privacy
159
From Maiden to Mother Dressing Rooms and the Domestic Novel
192
Vanity Knows No Limits in a Womans Dressing Room
231
Notes
234
Bibliography
270
Index
291
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Pagina 37 - Their amusements seem contrived for them, rather as they are women than as they are reasonable creatures; and are more adapted to the sex than to the species. The toilet is their great scene of business, and the right adjusting of their hair the principal employment of their lives.
Pagina 36 - But there are none to whom this paper will be more useful than to the female world. I have often thought there has not been sufficient pains taken in finding out proper employments and diversions for the fair ones.
Pagina 271 - A Letter from Mr. Gibber to Mr. Pope, Inquiring into the Motives that might induce him in his Satyrical Works, to be frequently fond of Mr. Cibber's Name.

Over de auteur (2005)

Tita Chico is Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University.

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