TITLE

The Greatness in Good Clothes: Fashioning Subjectivity in Mary Wroth's Urania and Margaret Spencer's Account Book (BL Add. MS 62092)

AUTHOR(S)
Snook, Edith
PUB. DATE
October 2007
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2007, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p225
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This essay examines the relationship between subjectivity and clothing. The tale of Nereana in Mary Wroth's The Countess of Montgomery's Urania and the many entries relating to clothing in Margaret Spencer's account book create a detailed picture of the function and processes around dress for upper-class women in early modern England. This essay argues that because of clothing's affective, social, and economic meanings, and because of the close connection posited between dress and inwardness, these texts demonstrate how elite clothes could provide the materials of an powerful version of female subjectivity within a patriarchal society.
ACCESSION #
27717515

 

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