Fashion in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Fashion And English Literature - Essay

Joel H. Kaplan and Sheila Stowell (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kaplan, Joel H., and Shelia Stowell. “The Glass of Fashion.” In Theatre and Fashion: Oscar Wilde to the Suffragettes, pp. 8-33. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

[In the following excerpt, Kaplan and Stowell consider the influence of the London theater on fashion, focusing their analysis on the use of costumes in Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.]

On 25 February 1892, the Lady, a gentlewoman's magazine that had begun publication some seven years earlier, introduced a column dealing with “Dress on the London Stage.” In a brief preamble, Thespis, the column's pseudonymous author, set out its rationale. Hitherto, we are told, London...

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Andrea Henderson (essay date March 1997)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Henderson, Andrea. “Passion and Fashion in Joanna Baille's ‘Introductory Discourse.’” Publications of the Modern Language Association 121, no. 2 (March 1997): 198-213.

[In the following essay, Henderson considers Baille's introduction to her plays as not only a treatise on writing but as an examination of consumerism.]

In 1802 a reviewer for the British Critic remarked that “Miss J. Baillie, even if her pen were now to be inactive, which is not likely, would be always celebrated among the brightest luminaries of the present period” (Rev. of Series, 194). Although relatively little known today, Joanna Baillie arguably “exerted the...

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Keith Wilson (essay date May 1999)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wilson, Keith. “Thomas Hardy's ‘The Ruined Maid,’ Elsa Lanchester's Music Hall, and the Fall into Fashion.” Thomas Hardy Journal 15, no. 2 (May 1999): 41-8.

[In the following essay, Wilson asserts Hardy's poem was adapted from a popular music-hall song. Wilson examines how these works, along with works like Tess of the d'Urbervilles, characterize compromised women and use of fashion in making statements about power.]

In 1941, the actress, comedienne and singer Elsa Lanchester (then best known for her film rôles in The Bride of Frankenstein [1935] and as supporting actress to her husband, Charles Laughton, in his career-defining...

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