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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)B01IBELPJG
ISBN (Print)1472596188, 978-1472596185
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Abstract

Acts of Undressing: Politics, eroticism and discarded clothing

This monograph explores the significance of undressing in various cultural and social contexts. Overall, the book takes a broad focus, exploring the many contexts in which we undress or are denuded, while each section is dedicated to a particular context, ranging from performance art to political protest. It focuses on three main themes - politics, tease, and clothes without bodies – and discusses these key themes through a mix of case studies including burlesque, public fitting rooms, “quick change” performance, sports, public protest and peaceful resistance. It presents undressing as an act of seduction, a transformation of identity, a discarding of responsibility, a gesture of defiance, and a means of extending one’s personal territory.


Notes

Barbara Brownie, Acts of Undressing: Politics, Eroticism and Discarded Clothing (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), ISBN: 978-1472596185

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