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Medieval Fabrications: Dress, Textiles, Clothwork, and Other Cultural Imaginings (The New Middle Ages) Paperback – September 4, 2004

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"Medieval Fabrications investigates the material and ideological history of clothing and textiles. Choosing dress as a category of analysis yields important data and insights concerning its cultural importance. These essays investigate such topics as the symbolic functions of dress, its social meanings, and its coparticipation with the body in producing identity."--Susan Crane, Columbia University

"A fitting sequel to Jane Burns's Courtly Love Undressed, this innovative collection makes a major contribution to the opening of a new and genuinely interdisciplinary field within medieval studies. Both building on and complicating the recent scholarly focus on the body, this collection explores the multifaceted coverings that overlay medieval sartorial bodies and through which, as the authors amply demonstrate, they must be understood. Especially significant is the way this careful attention to material culture participates in the current reconfiguration of our understanding of the valences assigned to Islamic and Byzantine cultures in the medieval West. This exemplary book irrefutably demonstrates the importance of clothing to medieval studies and has made this reader aware of how much she has taken for granted in representations of the clothed medieval subject."--Pamela Sheingorn, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

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"Medieval Fabrications investigates the material and ideological history of clothing and textiles. Choosing dress as a category of analysis yields important data and insights concerning its cultural importance. These essays investigate such topics as the symbolic functions of dress, its social meanings, and its coparticipation with the body in producing identity."--Susan Crane, Columbia University

"A fitting sequel to Jane Burns's Courtly Love Undressed, this innovative collection makes a major contribution to the opening of a new and genuinely interdisciplinary field within medieval studies. Both building on and complicating the recent scholarly focus on the body, this collection explores the multifaceted coverings that overlay medieval sartorial bodies and through which, as the authors amply demonstrate, they must be understood. Especially significant is the way this careful attention to material culture participates in the current reconfiguration of our understanding of the valences assigned to Islamic and Byzantine cultures in the medieval West. This exemplary book irrefutably demonstrates the importance of clothing to medieval studies and has made this reader aware of how much she has taken for granted in representations of the clothed medieval subject."--Pamela Sheingorn, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
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  • Series: The New Middle Ages
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (September 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403961875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403961877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By critic on March 15, 2006
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I should probably give this book a '5' because it IS good for what it is. But it put me to sleep before the end of the first chapter.... This is a textbook suitable for an upper-level university class in medieval studies. This is not for the casual reader! If you are interested in esoteric theories, new interpretations of medieval literature through an emphasis on dress studies, and a bit of heavy jargon--this is the book for you.

[This book was recommended to me by Amazon.com because of other titles that I own in the area of historic textiles and dress. I'm afraid that this recommendation just highlights the drawbacks of an automated rating system.]
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