Bound To Please / Edition 2

Bound To Please / Edition 2

by Leigh Summers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 185973510X

ISBN-13: 9781859735107

Pub. Date: 10/18/2001

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Corsets, and the corseted body, have been fetishized, mythologized, romanticized. This Victorian icon has inspired more passionate debate than any other article of clothing. As a means of body modification, perhaps only foot binding and female genital mutilation have aroused more controversy.

Summers' provocative book dismantles many of the commonly held

Overview

Corsets, and the corseted body, have been fetishized, mythologized, romanticized. This Victorian icon has inspired more passionate debate than any other article of clothing. As a means of body modification, perhaps only foot binding and female genital mutilation have aroused more controversy.

Summers' provocative book dismantles many of the commonly held misconceptions about the corset. In examining the role of corsetry in the minds and lives of Victorian women, it focuses on how corsetry punished, regulated and sculpted the female form from childhood and adolescence through to pregnancy and even old age. The author reveals how the ‘steels and bones', which damaged bodies and undermined mental health, were a crucial element in constructing middle-class women as psychologically submissive subjects. Underlying this compelling discussion are issues surrounding the development and expression of juvenile and adult sexuality. While maintaining that the corset was the perfect vehicle through which to police femininity, the author unpacks the myriad ways in which women consciously resisted its restrictions and reveals the hidden, macabre romance of this potent Victorian symbol.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859735107
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/18/2001
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
366,427
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvi
Introduction1
1'Elegance Comfort Durability!' Class, Contours, and Corsetry9
2Corsetry and the Invisibility of the Maternal Body37
3The Child, the Corset, and the Construction of Female Sexuality63
4Corsetry and the Reality of 'Female Complaints'87
5Breathless with Anticipation: Romance, Morbidity and the Corset121
6Not in That Corset: Gender, Gymnastics, and the Cultivation of the Late Nineteenth-Century Female Body143
7Corsetry, Advertising, and Multiple Readings of the Nineteenth-Century Female Body173
Conclusion209
Notes215
Bibliography257
Index297

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