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Shaping Femininity – Forthcoming monograph with Bloomsbury

I have recently signed my contract so I am so delighted to announce that my first book based on much of the research that this blog showcases will be published by Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts.

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Shaping Femininity is the first large-scale study of the materiality, production, consumption, and meanings of foundation garments for women in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. The desirable body during this period was achieved by using four types of foundation garments: bodies and busks and farthingales and bum-rolls. It was this structured female silhouette, first seen in sixteenth-century fashionable dress, that existed in various extremes in Western Europe and beyond until the early twentieth century. By utilising a wide array of archival and early printed materials, visual sources and material objects, as well as historical reconstruction, Shaping Femininity reorients discussions about female foundation garments by exploring the nuances of these items of material culture in the context of their own times. It argues that these objects of material culture shaped understandings of the female body and of ideas of beauty, social status, health, sexuality, and modesty in early modern England, and thus, enduring western notions of femininity.

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I’m very excited to be publishing with Bloomsbury and to bring audiences an accessible academic book. At the moment it is early stages, but make sure to keep an eye on this space for more details about release date, etc.

2 thoughts on “Shaping Femininity – Forthcoming monograph with Bloomsbury”

  1. Dear Sarah,

    This is such excellent news! Which reminds me that it would be great to have a link to your blog and to your work from the Emporium website, especially given your new position!

    Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year, and hoping that the festive season is enjoyable for you.

    Warm wishes,

    Catherine

    From: Sarah A Bendall
    Reply to: Sarah A Bendall
    Date: Friday, 20 December 2019 at 03:35
    To: Catherine Kovesi
    Subject: [New post] Shaping Femininity – Forthcoming monograph with Bloomsbury

    SB posted: “I have recently signed my contract so I am so delighted to announce that my first book based on much of the research that this blog showcases will be published by Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts. Shaping Femininity is the first large-scale study of the”

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    1. Thanks Catherine! Yes, let me know what sort of links you need and I can send them through! Have a happy new year and I will hopefully see you when I’m in Melbourne in February! Sarah

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