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Title: Fashioning Michael Field: Michael Field and Late-Victorian Dress Culture
Authors: Parker, Sarah
Contact Email: sarah.parker@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Aestheticism
Fashion
Michael Field
Fin de Siècle
Homoeroticism
Pre-Raphaelite
New Woman
Victorian
Lesbian
Dress
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor and 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.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/19988
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13555502.2013.783413
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Affiliation: English Studies

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