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STRIKING THEIR MODERN POSE: FASHION, GENDER AND MODERNITY IN GALDOS, PARDO BAZAN AND PICON. Dorota Heneghan. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, 2015. Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures, 51. 168 pp. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2015-27354 ISBN 9781557537256 In English.
Publisher's description: The importance of fashion in the construction and representation of gender and the formation of modern society in nineteenth-century Spanish narrative is the focus of Dorota Heneghan's Striking Their Modern Pose. The study moves beyond traditional interpretations that equate female passion for finery with symptoms of social ambition and the decline of the Spanish nation, and brings to light the manners in which nineteenth-century Spanish novelists drew attention to the connection between the complexities of fashionable female protagonists and the shifting limits of conventional womanhood to address the need to reformulate customary ideals of gender as a necessary condition for Spain to advance in the process of modernization. The project also sheds light on an area largely unexplored by previous studies: men's pursuit of fashion. Through the analysis of the richness of sartorial subtleties in Benito Perez Galdos's and Emilia Pardo Bazan's portraits of their male characters, this book brings forward these writers' exposure of the much-denied bourgeois men's love for self-adornment and the incoherencies and contradictions in the allegedly monolithic, stable concept of nineteenth-century Spanish masculinity.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Spain — 1800-1900 — Costume/Fashion, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 168451
Paperbound $45.00    

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