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

Therese Dolan (essay date spring-summer 1998)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Dolan, Therese. “Guise and Dolls: Dis/covering Power, Re/covering Nana.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 26, nos. 3-4 (spring-summer 1998): 368-86.

[In the following essay, Dolan discusses Emile Zola's use of clothing in his novel Nana to reveal and to confront hierarchies of class and status.]

Before Nana ever sets foot on stage at the Théâtre des Variétés in the first chapter of Emile Zola's novel, the reader knows her by her surfaces. Bordenave, scoffing at Hector de la Faloise's lame attempt to find talent in Nana, will praise only her skin: she is outer husk, not inner core, a commodified spectacle for visual and physical consumption....

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Cheryl A. Morgan (essay date 1999)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Morgan, Cheryl A. “Unfashionable Feminism? Designing Women Writers in the Journal des Femmes (1832-1836).” In Making the News: Modernity and the Mass Press in Nineteenth-Century France, edited by Dean de la Motte and Jeannene M. Przyblyski, pp. 207-32. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

[In the following essay, Morgan considers the juxtaposition of fashion with literary and scientific articles and feminist concerns illustrated throughout the publishing history of Journal des Femmes.]

Je suis donc content qu'elles fassent leurs romans et leurs chiffons. Le temps viendra peut-être bientôt où l'homme qui fera un...

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