Emily Dickinson And The Labor Of Clothing (Becoming Modern/Reading Dress)
Publish Date: 2009-11-10
Author: Daneen Wardrop
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Daneen Wardrops Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing begins by identifying and using the dating tools of fashion to place the references to clothing in Dickinsons 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 Dickinsons 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 Dickinsons Homestead. The recent retrieval of clothing from approximately thirty trunks found in the attic of the Evergreens house, which formerly belonged to Dickinsons brother and sister-in-law, further enhances this remarkable and original interdisciplinary work.