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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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Wearable Memorials

Wearable Memorials

Into and Out of the Trenches with the Modern Mac

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At the Mercy of Their Clothes

Celia Marshik

Columbia University Press

Demonstrates that the mackintosh is associated with poverty and lack of social capital; after the mac was reconfigured into the trench coat during WWI, it became aligned with the lack of individuality required by military service. After the war, writers used it to draw attention to the serialization of individuals as the result of global conflict. Writers continued to use the old time mackintosh to figure the limits placed on choice and singularity

Keywords:   Mackintosh, trench coat, World War I, Ulysses, wartime culture, class

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