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Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories Hardcover – November 11, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472071173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472071173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,260,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Much of the appeal of this fascinating book is its ability to challenge our assumptions about both accessories and the Renaissance."
 ---Times Higher Education


"[Ornamentalism] will appeal to those with a specialist interest in the material culture associated with male and female bodies in Renaissance Italy and England. However, the range of intelletual and theoretical approaches will ensure that there is something well worth reading for literature specialists, historians, and a wider audience of specialists and nonspecialists alike." - Maria Hayward, University of Southampton, Renaissance Quarterly


"Much of the appeal of this fascinating book is its ability to challenge our assumptions about both accessories and the Renaissance."
Times Higher Education

(Matthew Reisz Times Higher Education 2011-12-22)

"[Ornamentalism] will appeal to those with a specialist interest in the material culture associated with male and female bodies in Renaissance Italy and England. However, the range of intelletual and theoretical approaches will ensure that there is something well worth reading for literature specialists, historians, and a wider audience of specialists and nonspecialists alike."
—Maria Hayward, University of Southampton, Renaissance Quarterly

(Maria Hayward Renaissance Quarterly 2012-09-26)

"The diversity of scholarly articles that elucidate the material culture of the period, uniting craftsperson and buyer, will open people’s eyes to the social practices of adornment and their meaning in Renaissance England and Italy."
--- Women's Studies Quarterly
(Carole Collier Frick Women's Studies Quarterly 2013-06-10)

About the Author

Bella Mirabella is Associate Professor of literature and humanities at New York University. She is coeditor (with Lennard J. Davis) of Left Politics and the Literary Profession.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FaCS teacher on January 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes it is an funny, lighthearted read, but it is a scholarly, serious look at different items, by different contributors. For research, not for the re-enactor who only wants an easy look at What They Did. "Original essays by leading scholars on the significance of accessories in the cultural, social, and political lives of men and women in the Renaissance "

6 x 9., 388pp.; 32 page photo galley with 16 B&W and 54 color illustrations. Also available in Ebook form

Table of Contents:
part 1: dressing up

1. Scented Buttons and Perfumed Gloves: Smelling Things in Renaissance Italy Evelyn Welch p13
2. From the Sacred to the Secular: The Gendered Geography of Veils in Italian Cinquecento Fashion Eugenia Paulicelli p40
3. Embellishing Herself with a Cloth: The Contradictory Life of the Handkerchief Bella Mirabella p59

Part 2: Erotic Attachments
4. Busks, Bodices, Bodies Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass p85
5. "Had it a codpiece, 'twere a man indeed": The Codpiece as Constitutive Accessory in Early Modern English Culture Will Fisher p102
6. Dildos and Accessories: The Functions of Early Modern Strap-Ons Liza Blake p130

Part 3: Taking Accessories Seriously
7. Chains of Pearls: Gender, Property, Identity Karen Raber p159
8. "As my whole trust is in him": Jewelry and the Quality of Early Modern Relationships Catherine Richardson p182
9. Forms in Wax: Shakespeare and the Personality of the Seal Joseph Loewenstein p202

Prt 4: From Head to Toes
10. Accessorizing the Stage: Alien Women's Work and the Fabric of Early Modern Material Culture
Natasha Korda P223
11. "Grandissima Gratia": The Power of Italian Renaissance Shoes as Intimate Wear
Michelle A.
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