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Title: Fashioning Michael Field: Michael Field and late-Victorian dress culture
Authors: Parker, Sarah L.
Keywords: Aestheticism
Michael Field
Fin de siècle
New Woman
19th century
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: PARKER, S., 2013. Fashioning Michael Field: Michael Field and Late-Victorian Dress Culture. Journal of Victorian Culture, 18 (3), pp.313-334.
Abstract: This article explores how the late-Victorian poets Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who wrote under the collaborative pseudonym Michael Field, used fashionable dress to construct and advertise their unique poetic identity. Using evidence from their journal Works and Days, I contextualise Bradley and Cooper's clothing in terms of late-Victorian dress culture, and the major dress reform movements of the nineteenth century. I demonstrate that Bradley and Cooper used fashion as a distinctively feminine way of participating in aesthetic culture, marking significant life events, and to advertise their poetic identity. This self-fashioning also exposed them to aesthetic scrutiny from their peers Oscar Wilde and Bernard Berenson. Finally, I argue that fashion played a crucial role in Bradley and Cooper's desire for one another – and that this desire can be understood in terms of erotic reciprocity.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: PARKER, S., 2013. Fashioning Michael Field: Michael Field and Late-Victorian Dress Culture. Journal of Victorian Culture, 18 (3), pp.313-334, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13555502.2013.783413. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13555502.2013.783413
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22654
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13555502.2013.783413
ISSN: 1355-5502
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