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The fabric of American literary realism : readymade clothing, social mobility, and assimilation /

"This volume traces the connections between the increased economic importance of the garment industry with the advent of a powerful movement towards literary realism in American fiction. This work examines the development of the American ideal from the "homespun" to the "ready made," and explains ho...

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Main Author: Elahi, Babak, 1965-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2009
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Table of Contents:
  • Dress in the North American political imagination
  • The discourse of dress and literary realism in the United States
  • Henry James's old clothes
  • From clothing to nothing : annihilating the self in Sister Carrie
  • Dress and mobility in The rise of David Levinsky
  • The financial and sartorial fictions of Anzia Yezierska
  • The clothing of the American frontier, or, How the West was worn in Willa Cather
  • Postscript: A scarf, A shawl, un rebozo.