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Wilson, Elizabeth 1936-

Works: 46 works in 380 publications in 7 languages and 14,699 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Suspense fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: GT511, 391
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Most widely held works about Elizabeth Wilson
Most widely held works by Elizabeth Wilson
Adorned in dreams : fashion and modernity by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

67 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From haute couture to haberdashery, 'deviant' dress to Dior, Elizabeth Wilson traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. She also discusses fashion's vociferous opponents, from the 'dress reform' movement to certain strands of feminism. Wilson delights in the power of fashion to mark out identity or subvert it. This brand new edition of her book follows recent developments to bring the story of fashionable dress up to date, exploring the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the 'boho chic' of the mid 90's, retro-dressing, and the meanings of dress from the veil to soccer player David Beckham's pink-varnished toenails."--Jacket
The sphinx in the city : urban life, the control of disorder, and women by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

29 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and German and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities-London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and Sao Paulo-and presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate women-and the working class and ethnic minorities-by means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be."
Bohemians : the glamorous outcasts by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the early nineteenth century, the Bohemian has been the hero of the story the West has wanted to hear about its artists: a story of genius, glamour and doom. He is variously the artist dying in poverty like Chatterton or Modigliani, a successful self-destroyer like Jackson Pollock, a celebrity like Augustus John. Elizabeth Wilson's remarkable, enjoyable Bohemians is a quest for the many shifting meanings that constitute bohemianism." "She tells the best of stories, with a huge cast of characters among the artists, intellectuals, radicals and hangers-on who populated the salons, bars and cafes of Paris, London, New York and West Coast America. She follows the women who contributed to the myth - the wives and mistresses, muses, lesbians and independent artists. She explores the Bohemians' eccentric use of dress, the role of sex and erotic love, their search for excess and their intransigent politics. She further shows how, instead of disappearing, Bohemia is at the core of the most heated cultural debates at the start of a new millennium."--Jacket
Chic thrills : a fashion reader by Juliet Ash( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women & the welfare state by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

30 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rights formerly guaranteed by our 'welfare state' are disappearing. Social spending has been cut drastically in an attempt to combat recession, globalization and restructuring, and the deficit. The decline of the welfare state poses special risks for women. The policies, benefits, and services of the welfare state are directly linked to women's basic freedoms
The girl in Berlin by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Which side are you on? This is a novel about spies, lies and unearthing the truth. Summer 1951. The Cold War is at its height. Burgess and Maclean have just disappeared, and the nation is obsessed with the story of their probable defection. Colin Harris, a member of the Communist Party who has been exiled in Germany for several years, arrives back in England with news: he has fallen in love with a girl in Berlin and plans to return to the UK permanently with his bride-to-be. Then Konrad Ebershardt, a German scientist, living in England for the past two decades, is found dead, and it emerges that Harris was one of the last people to see him alive. What does Harris known about Burgess and Maclean? Was he involved in Ebershardt's murder? And who is this girl in Berlin? A novel about secrets and spies, about making choices and living with the consequences, "The Girl In Berlin" is a reminder that when nothing is as it seems, no-one can be trusted - even, sometimes, those you think you know best
Hidden agendas : theory, politics, and experience in the women's movement by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body dressing by Joanne (editors) Entwistle( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exploring gender, photography, cultural history and modernity, this book deals with a vast range of questions inherent in dressing up the body. From fashion photography in the 1960s to contemporary queer fashion and the history of the masquerade, this is a fascinating and far reaching collection. Its breadth and depth make it essential reading for anyone interested in style, costume, the body, gender or history."--Jacket
Only halfway to paradise : women in postwar Britain, 1945-1968 by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

11 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war had an enduring effect of liberation for women in Britain, which manifested itself in various aspects of their lives. In this book, Wilson probes into the condition of post-war women from different angles. Although she is critical that women still faced discrimination, oppression and inequity in post-war Britain, she makes it clear that they had become increasingly liberal, since they had more opportunities to work, more sexual freedom, higher levels of education and so on, and this was due to a combination of many social factors. contains a chapter 'Sexual deviation and law' (p. 101-103) and many other references to homosexuals and lesbianism
Love game : a history of tennis, from Victorian pastime to global phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tennis is defined by its head games, its demands for physical prowess, and its plethora of outsized personalities. It mixes chess and dance, intellectual geometry and aesthetic joy. People who love tennis love it like few others love other sports. Some fans build their lives around the calendar of tourneys, and events like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open remain, year after year, popular and well attended. Wilsons captivating cultural history embraces the rich and intertwining stories of the sport, and tells the story of its evolution from upper-middle-class hobby to global TV spectacle. Wilson marshals and conveys all the passion for a game known for its players grunting, growling, sweating, and pursuit of sweet spots. No wonder, as Wilson says, each match starts with love
Defining dress : dress as object, meaning, and identity( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contradictions of culture : cities, culture, women by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The rise of cultural studies has raised the profile of 'culture' as a unifying theme in contemporary social theory and research. But does it make sense to regard popular culture as coherent? Is the acceptance of 'postmodern culture' simply an excuse for neglecting to address the deep and frustrating contradictions in culture?" "In this book one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day invites us to regard contemporary culture as incoherent, and to honestly and soberly confront the contradictory nature of cultural relations. These themes are exploited and developed through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism." "Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or that were opposed to the idea of emancipation. Chief among these was fashion, but the association of an interest in this deeply serious and culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubts about the coherence of postmodernism itself." "This book uses examples from popular culture to illustrate its arguments. The Contradictions of Culture broaches questions that go to the heart of the study of contemporary culture. It is for students of the sociology of culture and cultural studies."--Jacket
Through the looking glass : a history of dress from 1860 to the present day by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spatial planning and climate change by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The effects of climate change on spatial planning are discussed thoroughly in this comprehensive book, which includes information on recent legislation, case studies from the UK and Netherlands, general information on climate change progress and what can be done to reduce the risks from the changing natural environmental
War damage by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London in the aftermath of WW2 is a beaten down, hungry place, so it's no wonder that Regine Milner's Sunday house parties in her Hampstead home are so popular. Everyone comes to Reggie's on a Sunday: ballet dancers and cabinet ministers, left-over Mosleyites alongside flamboyant homosexuals like Freddie Buckingham. And when Freddie turns up dead on the Heath one Sunday night there is no shortage of suspects. "War Damage" is both a high-class thriller and a wonderful evocation of Britain staggering back to its feet after the privations of the War. And in Regine Milner it possesses a truly memorable heroine. She's full of secrets - just what did happen in Shanghai before the war? - and surprises - Reggie's living proof that sexual experimentation was alive and well long before the sixties
Hallucinations : life in the postmodern city by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is to be done about violence against women? by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pornography and feminism : the case against censorship by Feminists Against Censorship (Organization)( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural passions : fans, aesthetes and tarot readers by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elizabeth Wilson is one of our most radical cultural critics. In "Cultural Passions" she transcends the division between 'high' and 'low' culture, exploring the emotional commitment people bring to the books, performances, objects and rituals in which they find meaning and challenging an enduring suspicion of the pleasure of the aesthetic. Ranging from Marcel Proust to tarot readings, from urban planning to interiors, Elizabeth Wilson investigates an underlying Puritanism in critical commentary on matters as wide ranging as Roger Federer and C S Lewis, Surrealism and fashion and the relationship of religion to fan culture. She questions why pleasure appears suspect, even as consumer society incites it and turns life into entertainment. She questions why there is such fear of elitism when at the same time the fans of mass culture are held in contempt. Subverting conventional views, her oblique point of view provides startling insights on both familiar and marginal cultural experiences."--Publisher's website
The twilight hour by Elizabeth Wilson( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London, 1947: it's freezing winter in the shabby, bomb-damaged city. Young socialite Dinah Wentworth, a bright, innocent newcomer to the Fitzrovia scene, becomes embroiled in a dark scandal when she discovers the corpse of surrealist artist Titus Mavor. Not wanting to explain her reasons for being at Mavor's flat that evening, she decides against reporting her grim discovery to the police. But her silence has terrible consequences. Her husband's friend, Colin Harris, is linked to the crime and arrested on suspicion of murder. Dinah realises someone is trying to frame him and knows she must uncover the real villain before Harris is hanged. Set against the background of the Cold War, post-war shortages, and the struggling British film industry, Elizabeth Wilson's elegant noir vividly evokes the fashions and politics of a bohemian community flourishing in defiance of austerity. "The Twilight Hour" is a riveting thriller with a corkscrew twist
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The sphinx in the city : urban life, the control of disorder, and women
Alternative Names
Wilson, E.

Wilson, Elizabeth

ウィルソン, エリザベス

The sphinx in the city : urban life, the control of disorder, and womenBohemians : the glamorous outcastsChic thrills : a fashion readerWomen & the welfare stateBody dressingDefining dress : dress as object, meaning, and identityThe contradictions of culture : cities, culture, womenThrough the looking glass : a history of dress from 1860 to the present day