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Unfolding the Past Elizabeth Wilson (Independent Scholar, UK)

Unfolding the Past By Elizabeth Wilson (Independent Scholar, UK)

Unfolding the Past by Elizabeth Wilson (Independent Scholar, UK)

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Unfolding the Past by Elizabeth Wilson (Independent Scholar, UK)

Elizabeth Wilson is a pioneer of fashion studies, yet she never intended to become an academic. Starting her literary career as a feminist activist writing for the underground press, she went on to explore tennis, 'bohemians' and of course fashion - her obsession - along with forays into fiction. Throughout, she has never seen her work as abstract or disengaged from 'real life'. In her memoir, she traces this relationship between personal experience and her writing, revisiting pivotal moments from childhood, adolescence and adult life to explore her belief that research, by its nature, is always a form of autobiography. She unfolds the garment of her life in a wide-ranging exploration of scenes from her past: her difficult relationship with her mother, fashion in the 60s and gay liberation. In this journey through time she shows how experiences are inseparable from the way we seek to explain and understand them, offering a unique and deeply personal account of her - and our - cultural world.

Unfolding the Past Reviews

A fascinating, often funny, and eminently stylish personal memoir [and] a moving insider's account of radical lives in challenging times ... I loved it. * Chris Breward, Author of The Suit, and Director, National Museums Scotland, UK *
Wide-ranging, thought-provoking and important. * Claire Wilcox, Author of Patch Work and Senior Curator of Fashion, V&A *
Brilliant and important ... [Wilson] is an exceptionally gifted writer, lucid, direct, engaging, often witty, always stimulating ... [A] book at once sinewy and elegant, rigorous and accessible, tough minded and enjoyable. * Richard Dyer, Professor Emeritus, King's College, London, UK *
Elizabeth Wilson has always been an elegant thinker and an elegant dresser. Her memoir recalls a life lived believing both matter in a world that regarded them as mutually exclusive. A pleasure to read. * Alistair O'Neill, Author of London: After Fashion and Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central Saint Martins, UK *
An outstanding chronicler of our times ... [and] a sophisticated and informed cultural commentator. * Helen Taylor, Author of Why Women Read Fiction, and Professor of English, University of Exeter, UK *
That such an important figure might now re-view, retrospectively, her own intellectual history, during a long and distinguished career, through the filter of her life and experiences, is incredibly exciting. * Caroline Evans, Professor Emerita, Central Saint Martins, UK *

About Elizabeth Wilson (Independent Scholar, UK)

Elizabeth Wilson is a pioneer in the development of fashion studies, and has been a university professor, feminist campaigner and activist. Her writing career began in the 'underground' magazines of the early 1970s, (Frendz, Red Rag, Spare Rib, Come Together) before she became an academic. She's written for the Guardian and her non-fiction books include Adorned in Dreams (1985, 2003), The Sphinx in the City (1992) (shortlisted for the Manchester Odd Fellows Prize), Bohemians (2000) and Love Game (2014) (long listed for the William Hill sportswriting prize), as well as six crime novels, including War Damage (2009) and The Girl in Berlin (2012) (long listed for the Golden Dagger Award).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 1. Outside Looking In 2. First Came Reading 3. Researching My Life 4. Bodies in the Library 5. Dressing the Postwar Young Woman 6. Living the Bohemian Sixties 7. What Does a Lesbian Look Like? 8. Writing Feminism 9. Bad Decade 10. The Vulgar 11. Fashion as Fetish 12. Haunted Houses 13. Nostalgia Mode 14. Cracks in the Pavement 15. In Search of Lost Streets 16. A Visit to Rimini 17. Returning to Queens Club 18. Hedonism 19. Down There on a Visit References Index

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Unfolding the Past by Elizabeth Wilson (Independent Scholar, UK)
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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