The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England

The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England

Author: Roze Hentschell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317036692

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

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Through its exploration of the intersections between the culture of the wool broadcloth industry and the literature of the early modern period, this study contributes to the expanding field of material studies in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The author argues that it is impossible to comprehend the development of emerging English nationalism during that time period, without considering the culture of the cloth industry. She shows that, reaching far beyond its status as a commodity of production and exchange, that industry was also a locus for organizing sentiments of national solidarity across social and economic divisions. Hentschell looks to textual productions-both imaginative and non-fiction works that often treat the cloth industry with mythic importance-to help explain how cloth came to be a catalyst for nationalism. Each chapter ties a particular mode, such as pastoral, prose romance, travel propaganda, satire, and drama, with a specific issue of the cloth industry, demonstrating the distinct work different literary genres contributed to what the author terms the 'culture of cloth'.
The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England
Language: en
Pages: 217
Authors: Roze Hentschell
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-03-16 - Publisher: Routledge

Through its exploration of the intersections between the culture of the wool broadcloth industry and the literature of the early modern period, this study contributes to the expanding field of material studies in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The author argues that it is impossible to comprehend the development of emerging
Clothing and Queer Style in Early Modern English Drama
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: James M. Bromley
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-27 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book examines early modern drama's depiction of non-standard forms of masculinity grounded in superficiality, inauthenticity, affectation, and the display of the extravagantly clothed body. Practices of extravagant dress destabilized distinctions between able-bodied and disabled, human and non-human, and the past and present, distinctions that structure normative ways of thinking
Literature and the Idea of Luxury in Early Modern England
Language: en
Pages: 246
Authors: Alison V. Scott
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-06 - Publisher: Routledge

Exploring the idea of luxury in relation to a series of neighboring but distinct concepts including avarice, excess, licentiousness, indulgence, vitality, abundance, and waste, this study combines intellectual and cultural historical methods to trace discontinuities in luxury’s conceptual development in seventeenth-century England. The central argument is that, as ’luxury’ was
Women, Beauty and Power in Early Modern England
Language: en
Pages: 230
Authors: Edith Snook
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-03-08 - Publisher: Springer

Divided into three sections on cosmetics, clothes and hairstyling, this book explores how early modern women regarded beauty culture and in what ways skin, clothes and hair could be used to represent racial, class and gender identities, and to convey political, religious and philosophical ideals.
The Aesthetics of Service in Early Modern England
Language: en
Pages: 218
Authors: Elizabeth Rivlin
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Northwestern University Press

In The Aesthetics of Service in Early Modern England, Elizabeth Rivlin explores the ways in which servant-master relationships reshaped literature. The early modern servant is enjoined to obey his or her master out of dutiful love, but the servant's duty actually amounts to standing in for the master, a move