Bound to please: a history of the Victorian corset
Corsets, and the corseted body, have been fetishized, mythologized and romanticized. This Victorian icon has inspired passionate debate that is unrivalled by any other article of clothing and surpassed as a means of body modification only perhaps by footbinding and female circumcision. Summers' provocative book dismantles many of the commonly held misconceptions about the corset. It focuses on how corsetry punished, regulated and sculpted the female form from childhood and adolescence through to pregnancy and even old age. The author reveals how the "steels and bones," which damaged bodies and undermined mental health, were a crucial element in constructing middle-class women as psychologically submissive subjects. Underlying this compelling discussion are issues surrounding the development and expression of juvenile and adult sexuality. While maintaining that the corset was the perfect vehicle through which to police femininity, the author unpacks the myriad ways in which women consciously resisted itsrestrictions and reveals the hidden, macabre romance of this potent Victorian symbol.
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Review: Bound to Please: A History of the Victorian CorsetUser Review - Kelly - Goodreads
Completely fascinating exploration of the role of the corset in Victorian life. Explores the relationship of the corset with the maternal body, the juvenile body, work, athletics, and sexuality. Very ... Read full review
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Learned about the Victorian maternal body and that it was inappropriate to show one's visibly pregnant body in public. The maternal corset was born, and dangerous, caused miscarriage. Part of this ...
Corsetry and the Invisibility of the Maternal Body
The Child the Corset and the Construction
Corsetry and the Reality of Female Complaints
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