She is an American novelist and academic. Lurie won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Foreign Affairs. She received an A. After finishing college, Lurie worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, but she wanted to make a living as a writer.
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She is an American novelist and academic. Lurie won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Foreign Affairs. She received an A. After finishing college, Lurie worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, but she wanted to make a living as a writer. After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children. Lurie had taught at Cornell University since , becoming a full professor in specializing in folklore and children's literature.
Lurie's first novel was "Love and Friendship" and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues. The Language of Clothes. Alison Lurie. The classic book about the clothes we wear and what they say about us.
Even before we speak to someone in a meeting, at a party, or on the street, our clothes often express important information or misinformation about our occupation, origin, personality, opinions, and tastes.
And we pay close attention to how others dress as well; though we may not be able to put what we observe into words, we unconsciously register the information, so that when we meet and converse we have already spoken to one another in a universal tongue. Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, is our savvy guide and interpreter on this tour through the history of fashion. She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume.
Whether she is describing the enormous amount of clothing worn by early Victorian women or illuminating the significance of the long robes worn by aging men throughout history to connote eminence, her analysis is playful, clever, and always on target.
The Language of Clothes
In this exhaustive and entertaining study, Alison Lurie shows what the clothes we choose to wear say about us. Approaching clothing from four perspectives -- historical, social logical, psychological, anthropological -- she demonstrates how color, fabric and cut are not mere whims of designers or manufacturers but constitute a vocabulary and grammar as precise and full of subconscious intent as any verbal language: how our clothes announce our sex, age and class and often give important information or misinformation about our occupation, geographical origin, personality, opinions, tastes, sexual desires and current mood. Parents, teachers, and students: Visit our new K Student Library. Last edited by Clean Up Bot. March 2, History. By Alison Lurie. Go to the editions section to read or download ebooks.
Book review: “The Language of Clothes” by Alison Lurie
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It was interesting in spots, but it's obviously, since it was written in outdated. A lot of her assertions were dubious at best, like her theory that the widely-set stripes on baseball uniforms Not content with recognizing the simple statements--your sex, age, and class--expressed in the language of dress, Lurie looks for the grammar and syntax. No actual linguistic structure is really She is an American novelist and academic. Lurie won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Foreign Affairs.
In Scotland, earlier in the 18th century, to don a clan tartan was to make a similar political statement, and the practice was banned by an Act of the British Parliament. Around the same time, a beauty patch was a clear signal of the party allegiance of an English lady and her husband or father. If she were a Whig, she wore it on her right cheek. A Tory, on the left. A century earlier, the hair length of men had been the measure.