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At the Mercy of Their ClothesModernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture$
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Celia Marshik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175043

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175043.001.0001

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At the Mercy of Their Clothes

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At the Mercy of Their Clothes

Celia Marshik

Columbia University Press

The commodity becomes our uncanny double, evermore vital as we are evermore inert.

Hal Foster, Compulsive Beauty

Readers of modernist fiction find few characters more marginalized and abject than Mrs. Dalloway’s Doris Kilman. Highly educated and deeply religious, the all-but-unloved and-unlovable woman tutors Richard and Clarissa Dalloway’s daughter, Elizabeth, and “year in year out” wears “a green mackintosh coat.”...

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