The Cultural Politics of Fur

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Cornell University Press, 1997 - Design - 249 pages
"A fascinating account of the powerful roles fur has played in various cultures and of the historical and political forces at work in the play of its meanings."--Jonathan Culler, Cornell University"In this well-written treatise, Emberley . . . views fur through widely disparate lenses. . . . Emberley is able to make us understand all the viewpoints she presents. . . . A valuable book on a little-explored subject."--Library Journal"This is a strong and intelligent work on a controversial topic. Emberley's book is much more intellectually sophisticated than anything else I've seen on this subject."--Valerie Steele, Editor, Fashion Theory"Julia Emberley's book is a complex, wide-ranging, and fascinating feminist critique of the history and meaning of fur and fashion. Particularly unique is her integration of indigenous voices into the debates."--Lucy Lippard, author of The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Feminist Essays on ArtFur has been sparking controversies ever since sumptuary laws marked it as a luxury item and as a sign of medieval class privilege. Drawing on wide-ranging historical and contemporary sources, Julia V. Emberley explains how a material good has become both a symbol of wealth and sexuality, and a symptom of class, gender, and imperial antagonisms.
 

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Contents

Simulated Politics
21
The Sumptuous Details of History
43
The Masochists Gift
73
The Fecundity of Fur
103
How to Misread Fashion
136
Furs in Disguise
170
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About the author (1997)

Julia V. Emberley is Associate Professor in the Women's Studies Undergraduate and Gender Studies Graduate Programs at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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