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Make it Work

20th Century American Fiction and Fashion, 1st Edition

By Jan Ellyn Goggans


178 pages

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Imagine a new critical theory that bases its literary value on fashion. In this theory exists a community that explores and interrogates conventionality, and in American literature of the 20th century, it includes fashion and home decoration, two paths to achieving white femininity, a prized component of many novels written by and for women. Drawing on cultural materialism and its connection to the cultural forms of objects, including apparel, Making it Work: 20th Century American Fiction and Fashion provides readers a new understanding of the aims of American writers, and the desires of their readers.

Table of Contents


Part One: Fashion in Fiction; Fiction as Fashion

1. Edith Wharton: Fashioning White Privilege as Commodification, Consumption, and Corruption.

2. Margaret Mitchell: Fashioning A-Historical and Anti-Canonical White Modernism.

3. Toni Morrison: Re fashioning white privilege

Part Two: Scripting Style and Signifyng Scripts

4. "Fashioning Color: Skin-tone Discrimination and Anglo Normative Passing"

5. "Fashioning Class: Creating Canonical Costume"

6. "Fashioning the Home: Deploying Domesticity and The Saturated Home"

7. "Fashioning the Self: Sewing, Designing, and Dressed in Dreams"

8. "Re-fashioning Age"


About the Author

Dr. Jan Ellyn Goggans is an Associate Professor of Literature & Language, Humanities & World Cultures at the University of California, Merced.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DESIGN / Fashion
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture