Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism
In her immensely readable and richly documented book, Christine Bayles Kortsch asks us to shift our understanding of late Victorian literary culture by examining its inextricable relationship with the material culture of dress and sewing.
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