Not Just Any Dress

Not Just Any Dress

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If dresses could talk, what stories might they tell? This compelling collection of short stories, essays, and poems features dress as the structural grounding for autobiographical accounts from women's lives in Western society. Often personal in nature, these -dress stories- point unfailingly to matters of social and cultural import. Some of the dresses described inhabit the popular imagination: the little girl dress, the communion dress, the school uniform, the prom dress, the wedding dress, the little black dress, and the burial dress. Beyond the semiotic, tactile, and visual aspects of the dresses themselves, the narratives delve into what dresses reveal about fundamental aspects of human experience: identity, embodiment, relationship, and mortality. Bought or made, then worn, forgotten, remembered, re-constructed, and re-interpreted, each dress offers a new glimpse into how we construct meaning in our daily lives, and how dresses serve to reinforce or resist social structures and cultural expectations.qOne day, for no particular reason that I can recall now, I wore my Annie Oakley costume to school, a birthday gift from my ... stared at me and then, in a voice loud enough for the classes next door to hear, she roared: aquot;Get home and change!

Title:Not Just Any Dress
Author:Sandra Weber, Claudia Mitchell
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2004-01-01


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