Talk about Muslin: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
Author: Hughes, Clair
Source: Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2006 , pp. 184-197(14)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
Abstract:Though Jane Austen has few references to dress in her novels, muslin, and talk about muslin, play a significant role in Northanger Abbey. Catherine Morland's first conversation with Henry Tilney, the man she eventually marries, is about her sprigged muslin dress and its properties. Austen's point is that clothing can be as appropriate a topic of conversation between men and women as art and literature. But we are also shown how other characters talk less sensibly, more obsessively and even dangerously about clothes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-06-01
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