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High Heel - (Object Lessons) by Summer Brennan (Paperback)

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Best Fifteen Books of March 2019, Refinery29

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Fetishized, demonized, celebrated, and outlawed, the high heel is central to the iconography of modern womanhood. But are high heels good? Are they feminist? What does it mean for a woman (or, for that matter, a man) to choose to wear them?

Meditating on the labyrinthine nature of sexual identity and the performance of gender, High Heel moves from film to fairytale, from foot binding to feminism, and from the golden ratio to glam rock. Summer Brennan considers this most provocative of fashion accessories as a nexus of desire and struggle, sex and society, violence and self expression, setting out to understand what it means to be a woman by walking a few hundred years in her shoes.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Number of Pages: 160 p. ;
Genre: Literary Criticism, Art, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Aesthetics, Semiotics + Theory
Series Title: Object Lessons
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Author: Summer Brennan
Language: English
Street Date: March 21, 2019
TCIN: 51766681
UPC: 9781501325991
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-7844
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