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Glamour: Women, History, Feminism

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In this lavishly illustrated book, author Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to Madonna. She deftly unpacks the ever-changing nature of the word, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its place in twentieth century social history. With wit and insight, Dyhouse conducts a dazzling tour of the history and meaning of costume, co ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published February 11th 2010 by Zed Books (first published 2010)
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Seda
Yazarın niyeti iyi de, iyi niyet ne yazık ki her zaman iyi sonuçlar doğurmuyor. Birçok şeyi, teoride ve pratikte gözden kaçırabiliyorsunuz mesela. Evet güzel sorular soruyor metni toparlamak amacıyla, ancak sorularına verdiği cevaplar çok da tatmin edici değil. Atıfta bulunduğu çalışmalardan yapılan alıntılar cımbızlanmış izlenimi uyandırıyor. Hepsinden önemlisi, insani bir güdü olarak gördüğü süslenmenin içinde bulunduğumuz çağda artık amacını aşıp kadınları ürkütücü derecede tek tipleştirdiği ...more
Serenay
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bir ‘Gösteriş’ kelimesinin içinde 20. Yüzyıl İngiltere (Bir parça ABD ve bence Avrupa) tarihini barındırabileceği hiç aklınıza gelir miydi? ‘Gösteriş’ kelimesinin yıllara göre anlamının değişimi, ona yüklenen anlamlar üzerinden 20. Yüzyıl İngiltere kadınının tarihi akademik çerçevede masalsı bir anlatımla anlatılıyor bu kitapta. Okurken bana yer yer Mad Men atmosferini anımsattığını da söylemeden geçemeyeceğim.

Neden kitabı çok beğenmeme rağmen bir Yıldız eksik vermiş olduğuma gelirsek; nedeni ç
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Berna Vin
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap güzel ama orijinalini okumanızı öneririm çünkü bazı kilit sözcüklerin Türkçe karşılığı yok ve yerine kullanılan Türkçe sözcükler sadece kafa karıştırıyor. Hatta "glamour" için kullanılan "gösteriş" de buna örnek verilebilir.
Simay Yildiz
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu yazının orijinali canlabirsene'de yayınlandı.

Etrafımıza dönüp de şöyle bir baktığımızda herkesin, özellikle de kadınların, modanın, güzelliğin, zenginliğin, istenme ve sevilme arzusunun izinde şekillendirdiğini görüyoruz hem dış görüşünüşlerini hem de hal ve tavırlarını... Kısaca hepimiz "gösteriş" kurbanıyız. Sussex Üniversitesi'nde araştırmacı olan Carol Dyhouse, İngiltere'de gösterişin nasıl ortaya çıktığına, zamanla nelerin değiştiğine odaklanmış. Ancak bunların çoğu, farklı versiyonlard
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Bruce Grossman
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this books starts with Hollywood cinema of the thirties-- glamour really begins with the illusion-making of old royal courts. Never appreciated bustles and periwigs, e.g., but I do have more of a feel for the twentieth century. Took away that glamour (British spelling because a British book) has long been associated with tarts, kept women, and chorus girls. What today we would call skanks. Can't see how this look is empowering, as many feminist apologists contend, but it apparently work ...more
Kellie Marnoch
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was great until she started talking about obesity. Luckily it's few and far between, but still.
WORN Fashion Journal
Academic in tone, yet fast-paced and readable, this book explores glamour as both concept and commodity. From Marlene Dietrich to Madonna, the evolution of glamour is analyzed alongside its relationship with pop culture, celebrity, advertising, and fashion (surprisingly, being glamorous was not always considered en vogue). Images of perfume ads from the ’20s are interspersed with accounts of the less-than-pretty aspects that came with upholding such an ideal: think class issues, Orientalism, and ...more
Phoenix
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
to be truthful i only bought this book because of the cover haha. but it actually turned out to be a pretty fascinating read.
the author looks at glamour from the various perspectives of different classes through various eras. glamour and it's dynamic in relation to feminine identity plays a multi-role in regard to expressing the female identity. it is interesting to look at how the female power dynamic is explored through this idea.
the book is a written from many different angles, taking into ac
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Carmela Napoletano
Il titolo è un pò fuorviante, il libro è in realtà un excursus storico-sociologico su come la moda ed in particolare il concetto di glamour, abbia influito sulla vita, sugli usi e costumi delle donne, dall'inizio del '900 ad oggi.
La visione è incentrata soprattutto sulla società inglese e americana, quindi a mio avviso, non è proprio possibile fare un parallelo con la condizione femminile in Italia, almeno fino agli anni del boom economico.
L'ho trovato comunque molto interessante, si legge facil
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Tara
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lively history of the beauty business and its impact on women's lives, both positive and negative, throughout the 20th century. Covers fashion, movies, magazines and how trends correspond with social change. Interesting to see how patterns repeat themselves, and some eras may be less 'radical' than they first appear, while others are underestimated. It's essentially a British perspective with lots of nostalgic detail, especially of my hometown, Brighton. But the influences are global (Paris co ...more
Anna
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well written and informative. Very useful people interested in the topic of "Glamour".
Sarra
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Minus one full star for likening obesity to anorexia & bulimia. Fatness isn't an eating disorder, but a culture's insistence on demonizing it is an excellent way to create more eating disorders.
Jia-Yi
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
An easy-to-read lit review that draws few interesting conclusions, especially for those who already think long and hard about fashion and beauty.
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Carol Dyhouse is a social historian. Her research has focused on gender, education and the pattern of women's lives in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. Her books include Girls Growing Up in late Victorian and Edwardian England (1981); Feminism and the Family in England, 1890-1939, (1989); No Distinction of Sex? Women in British Universities (1995); and Students: A Gendered History (2006). ...more