Thomas Hardy Writing Dress by Simon GatrellThomas Hardy Writing Dress by Simon Gatrell

Thomas Hardy Writing Dress

bySimon Gatrell

Hardcover | September 29, 2011

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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.
Simon Gatrell is Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He has written on diverse topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century English and Irish literature, but has made the poetry and fiction of Thomas Hardy a particular focus of attention in his work both as a critic and as a scholarly editor. His conversion to the fundame...
Title:Thomas Hardy Writing DressFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.98 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303430739X

ISBN - 13:9783034307390


Table of Contents

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’.

Editorial Reviews

«(...) a fascinating, minutely observed and beautifully written book [...].» Rachel Worth, Costume 47, 2013/1)