Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing

Title

Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing

Department

English

Document Type

Book

Files

Description

Daneen Wardrop's Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing begins by identifying and using the dating tools of fashion to place the references to clothing in Dickinson's letters and poems, and to locate her social standing through examining her fashion choices in the iconic daguerreotype. In addition to detailing the poetics of fashion in Dickinson's work, the author argues that close examination of Dickinson and fashion cannot be separated from the changing ways that garments were produced during the nineteenth century, embracing issues of domestic labor, the Lowell textile mills, and the Amherst industry of the Hills Hat Factory located almost next door to Dickinson's Homestead. The recent retrieval of clothing from approximately thirty trunks found in the attic of the Evergreens house, which formerly belonged to Dickinson's brother and sister-in-law, further enhances this remarkable and original interdisciplinary work.

ISBN

978-1584657804

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Press

City

Durham, N.H. : Hanover, N.H.

Keywords

Clothing and dress in literature, Class consciousness in literature, Clothing trade

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Fashion Design