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Fashioning Gothic Bodies - Catherine Spooner

Fashioning Gothic Bodies

Paperback Published: 13th May 2004
ISBN: 9780719064012
Number Of Pages: 232

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This study explores the role played by clothing in the discourses of the Gothic. It makes an explicit connection between the veils, masks and disguises of gothic convention and historically specific fashion discourses, from the revealing chemise-dress popularized by Queen Marie Antoinette to the subcultural style of contemporary goths. In so doing it sheds light on the cultural construction of gothic bodies. Taking an original, interdisciplinary approach, Catherine Spooner offers readings of literary, cinematic and popular cultural texts in the context of fashion from the 1790s to the 1990s. Progressing chronologically from the novels of Radcliffe and Lewis through the "sensation" fiction of the Victorian period and the gothic fiction of the "fin-de-siecle", the text culminates with 20th-century film and the supposed resurgence of the gothic in pre-millennial culture. This book should be of interest to students working on the gothic in literary, film and cultural studies, as well as to literary scholars and fashion theoreticians.

List of Figuresp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Curtain'd in mysteries: an introduction to Gothic fashionp. 1
Revolution and revealment: the Gothic body and the politics of decolletagep. 23
Clothes make the man: fashioning the self in Victorian Gothicp. 46
Mysteries of the visible: dandies, cross-dressers and freaks in late-Victorian Gothicp. 86
Cosmo-Gothic: the double and the single womanp. 128
Undead fashion: 1990s style and the perennial return of Gothp. 159
Refashioning Gothic bodies: an anti-conclusionp. 200
Bibliographyp. 204
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780719064012
ISBN-10: 0719064015
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 13th May 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.33