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Designing Women: The Dressing Room In Eighteenth-Century English Literature And Culture (Bucknell Studies In Eighteenth-Century Literature And Culture)

Designing Women: The Dressing Room In Eighteenth-Century English Literature And Culture (Bucknell Studies In Eighteenth-Century Literature And Culture)

ISBN-13: 9781684484799
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Dressing rooms, introduced into English domestic architecture during the seventeenth century, provided elite women with unprecedented private space at home and in so doing, promised them equally unprecedented autonomy by providing a space for self-fashioning, eroticism, and contemplation. Tita Chico's Designing Women argues that the dressing room becomes a powerful metaphor in late-seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature. While satirists--such as Dryden, François Bruys, Gay, Wortley Montagu, John Breval, Elizabeth Thomas, Pope, and Swift--attack the lady's dressing room as a site of individual and social degradation, domestic novelists--including Richardson, Lennox, Burney, Goldsmith, Austen, and Edgeworth--celebrate it as a space for moral, social, and personal amelioration. As a symbol of both progressive and retrograde versions of femininity, the dressing room trope in eighteenth-century literature redefines the gendered constitution of private spaces, and offers a corrective to our literary history of generic influence and development between satire and the novel.


  • | Author: Tita Chico
  • | Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • | Publication Date: Jul 14, 2023
  • | Number of Pages: 302 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 1684484790
  • | ISBN-13: 9781684484799
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