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The Pocket : A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660?1900

Burman, Barbara, Fennetaux, Ariane
Format: Paperback
Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS (N/A)
Published: April 24, 2020
ISBN: 9780300253740
264 pages
Country of publication: United States

£19.99

This fascinating and enlightening study of the tie-on pocket combines materiality and gender to provide new insight into the social history of women’s everyday lives-from duchesses and country gentry to prostitutes and washerwomen-and to explore their consumption practices, sociability, mobility, privacy, and identity. A wealth of evidence reveals unexpected facets of the past, bringing women’s stories into intimate focus.

“What particularly interests Burman and Fennetaux is the way in which women of all classes have historically used these tie-on pockets as a supplementary body part to help them negotiate their way through a world that was not built to suit them.”-Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

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