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High Heel : Object Lessons - Summer Brennan

High Heel

Object Lessons

Paperback Published: 21st March 2019
ISBN: 9781501325991
Number Of Pages: 176

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Fetishized, demonized, celebrated, and outlawed, the high heel is central to the iconography of modern womanhood. But are high heels good? Are they feminist? What does it mean for a woman (or, for that matter, a man) to choose to wear them?

Meditating on the labyrinthine nature of sexual identity and the performance of gender, High Heel moves from film to fairytale, from foot binding to feminism, and from the golden ratio to glam rock. Summer Brennan considers this most provocative of fashion accessories as a nexus of desire and struggle, sex and society, violence and self expression, setting out to understand what it means to be a woman by walking a few hundred years in her shoes.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

About the Author

Summer Brennan is a journalist and author. She received the 2016 Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award and was a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Her first book, The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America (2015) was a finalist for the 2016 Orion Book Award. A longtime consultant for the United Nations, her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Scientific American, McSweeney's, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn and New Mexico.

Part One The Garden of Forking Paths
Part Two Daphne in Flight, Daphne in Flower
Part Three Ashes, Sea Foam, Glass, Gold
Part Four The Minotaur
Part Five A Goddess At The End of the World

Acknowledgements
Selected Bibliography
Index

ISBN: 9781501325991
ISBN-10: 150132599X
Series: Object Lessons
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 21st March 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.3 x 12.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.16

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