Costume, misery and wish explores representations of sartorial event in eighteenth-century literature. Batchelor's examine brings jointly for the 1st time canonical and non-canonical texts together with novels, behavior books and women's magazines to enquire the pressures that the expansion of the style industry put on conceptions of girl advantage and propriety. It exhibits how gown dispelled the sentimental delusion that the physique acted as an ethical index and enabled the ladies reader to withstand a few of sentimental literature's extra prescriptive suggestion.
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