Introduction : outward appearances -- 1. The problem of female legibility -- 2. The promise of female legibility -- 3. The playhouse -- 4. The park -- 5. The new exchange.
A cultural study of how men in Restoration London, view women through their outward physical appearances and through their increased appearances in public places. Based on literary and non-literary texts from the years 1650-1700.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Outward Appearances: The Female Exterior in Restoration London elucidates early modern attitudes towards women's public display. Will Pritchard presents a cultural study that draws on a wide range of literary and non-literary texts from the years 1650-1700 to revisit the sites where women appeared most prominently: the playhouse, the park, and the New Exchange (a shopping arcade in the Strand). He offers a fresh context for the study of Restoration literature and a provocative argument about women and public space. An engaging academic study, Outward Appearances enhances and historicizes our understanding of the dynamics of gender and looking in the Restoration and will be appreciated by literary scholars, historians, and cultural theorists alike."--BOOK JACKET.