In this book, one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day, considers the contradictory nature of cultural relations. Elizabeth Wilson explores these themes through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism. Debates within feminism on the nature and effects of pornography are used to illustrate a particular kind of cultural contradiction. Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or opposed to the idea of emancipation, chief among these was fashion. She shows that the association of an interest in this culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubt

Bricolage City: Myths of Brighton

Bricolage city: Myths of Brighton

The sound of seagulls. I remember the taste of salt on my lover's skin, lying in our bedsit room, after one hot day on the beach, summer 1955. Life was sweet.

Anon, Daring Hearts

A 1954 history of Brighton (Gilbert, 1954) referred to it as ‘ocean's bauble’, and that would be one way of imagining it: as a glittery, crystalline, opalescent jewel at the end of the road from London, a magic piece of flotsam thrown up on the south coast seashore. It is not a particularly small town – in the fifties it was one of the thirty largest in Britain – but it seems small, or at least compact. At the same time it carries a ...

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