Women, Work and Clothing in eighteenth-century Spain - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2011:11 (Paperback)Rebecca Haidt (author)
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Focussing on sainetes and tonadillas (popular short plays and musical sketches) the author examines the representation of a culture where `fashion' was impossible to separate from issues of labor, commerce, and productivity. These theatrical skits exploit the resources of music, song and costume to heighten their depictions of women's work in garment production, circulation and display across the entire social spectrum. They provide a wealth of information about both eighteenth-century clothing cultures and women's struggles for identity, economic development and urban survival.
As Rebecca Haidt demonstrates, women's dress is a key barometer of the cultural values of a period, expressing differences between affluent and poor, privileged and marginalized.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 397
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Edition: New ed.
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