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The Resource Bound to please : a history of the Victorian corset, Leigh Summers

Bound to please : a history of the Victorian corset, Leigh Summers

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Bound to please : a history of the Victorian corset
Title
Bound to please
Title remainder
a history of the Victorian corset
Statement of responsibility
Leigh Summers
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Corsets, and the corseted body, have been fetishized, mythologized and romanticized. This Victorian icon has inspired passionate debate that is unrivalled by any other article of clothing and surpassed as a means of body modification only perhaps by foot binding and female circumcision. Summers' provocative book dismantles many of the commonly held misconceptions about the corset. 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
  • "Corsets, and the corseted body, have been fetishized, mythologized, romanticized. This Victorian icon has inspired passionate debate that is unrivalled by any other article of clothing and surpassed as a means of body modification only perhaps by foot binding and female genital mutilation." "Summers' 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 the potent Victorian symbol."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Summers, Leigh
Dewey number
391.4/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GT2075
LC item number
.S85 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Dress, body, culture,
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Corsets
  • Human body
  • Costume
Label
Bound to please : a history of the Victorian corset, Leigh Summers
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [257]-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'Elegance comfort durability!'class, contours, and corsetry -- Corsetry and the invisibility of the maternal body -- The child, the corset, and the construction of female sexuality -- Corsetry and the reality of 'female complaints' -- Breathless with anticipation: romance, morbidity and the corset -- Not in that corset: gender, gymnastics, and the cultivation of the late nineteenth-century female body -- Corsetry, advertising, and multiple readings of the nineteenth-century female body
Control code
47355141
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9781859735305
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2001004390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Bound to please : a history of the Victorian corset, Leigh Summers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [257]-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'Elegance comfort durability!'class, contours, and corsetry -- Corsetry and the invisibility of the maternal body -- The child, the corset, and the construction of female sexuality -- Corsetry and the reality of 'female complaints' -- Breathless with anticipation: romance, morbidity and the corset -- Not in that corset: gender, gymnastics, and the cultivation of the late nineteenth-century female body -- Corsetry, advertising, and multiple readings of the nineteenth-century female body
Control code
47355141
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9781859735305
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2001004390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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