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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 16th and 17th-century England, when the female silhouette underwent a dramatic change. With a nuanced approach that incorporates transdisciplinary methodologies and a stunning array of visual and written sources, the book reorients discussions about female foundation garments in English and wider European history. It argues that these objects of material culture, such as bodies, busks, farthingales and bum-rolls, shaped understandings of the female body and of beauty, social status, health, sexuality and modesty in early modern England, and thus influenced enduring western notions of femininity.

Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout, this book offers a fascinating insight into dress and fashion in the early modern period, and offers much of value to all those interested in the history of early modern women and gender, material culture, and the history of the body, as well as curators and reconstructors.

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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.

5 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
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    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”

    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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