By Jane Austen
Whilst Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him conceited and immodest; he's detached to her attractiveness and energetic brain. whilst she later discovers that Darcy has concerned himself within the afflicted dating among his pal Bingley and her loved sister Jane, she is set to dislike him greater than ever. within the gleaming comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen indicates the folly of judging by means of first impressions and beautifully conjures up the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class lifestyles.
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The body is too much of a social construction for tight lacing merely to have been simply a “personal” choice, especially considering that most women wore corsets. Did the vast majority of middle-class women really feel a purely personal, individual “compulsion” to lace? Why did so many women and men connect the small waist to femininity? Kunzle ignores the cultural evidence that a large appetite, symbolized by the large waist, was widely perceived as unfeminine and that, for many women, the small waist was part of the complex performance of femininity in the nineteenth century.
It is important to keep in mind that erotic and fashionable conceptions of beauty have changed tremendously through the centuries. In fact, the fashionable Victorian silhouette constitutes a fairly radical change from previous ideals of European beauty, which until the late seventeenth century had been belly-centered. Anne Hollander writes that in Renaissance art, for example, “there seems to have been no impulse to constrict what we call the waist . . In the erotic imagination of Europe, it was apparently impossible .
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