"Burns shifts our focus from questions of the consumption of silk to those of its production and circulation; in so doing, she weaves a gendered history of the role this luxury textile has played in the social and libidinal economy of cultural exchange."—Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
About the Author
E. Jane Burns is Druscilla French Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is author of Courtly Love Undressed: Reading Through Clothes in Medieval French Culture and Bodytalk: When Women Speak in Old French Literature, both also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.