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Anishanslin, Zara

Works: 5 works in 17 publications in 1 language and 566 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Zara Anishanslin
Portrait of a woman in silk : hidden histories of the British Atlantic world by Zara Anishanslin( )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain's few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a New England painter. Blending macro and micro history with nuanced gender analysis, Anishanslin shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire. Investigating a range of subjects including self-fashioning, identity, natural history, politics, and trade, Anishanslin makes major contributions both to the study of material culture and to our ongoing conversation about how to write history
Portrait of a woman in a silk dress : the hidden histories of aesthetic commodities in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic World by Zara Anishanslin( )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation explores the many hidden histories revealed by a single resonant object: a 1746 portrait of a woman in a silk dress. In this portrait, New England artist Robert Feke portrays Philadelphian Anne Shippen Willing wearing a Spitalfields flowered silk, a fabric woven in London by Huguenot Simon Julins after a pattern by English silk designer Anna Maria Garthwaite. Each chapter of my dissertation considers one of these four creators of this object (designer, client, weaver, and painter) and discusses transatlantic networks linked to them in the time (1688 to 1791) and space of their collective lives. Ranging from Philadelphia, London, and Newport, to Lincolnshire, Boston, and Bermuda, my work challenges scholarly models that privilege metropole over colony as it alternates between metropolitan and colonial perspectives of production, consumption, and use. Analysis of architectural spaces, decorative arts, and cultural landscapes as well as textiles, silk designs, and portraits--all tied together through this single portrait--reveals that the makers and users of these objects and images fashioned and displayed ideologies, from the personal to the political, through their material world. My work contributes to scholarship on the consumer revolution by revealing the emotive, ideological power objects hold beyond consumer behaviorism or emulative refinement. In particular, this portrait of a colonial merchant's wife wearing a flowered silk dress highlights how people in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic World produced, used and consumed aesthetic representations of nature to express cultural fascinations, map changes in their landscapes, perform colonial merchant identity, fashion revolutionary political economy, and imagine America as an imperial New Eden. This single object reveals the importance of nature and landscape for creole and merchant identity formation, particularly how classical republicanism manifested materially and people used aesthetic commodities to wrestle with issues of commerce, consumption, and virtue in the British Atlantic World
Sarah Wahab Moore oral history interview by Sarah Wahab Moore( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mrs. Moore, a native of Belhaven, N.C., comments on her early career as a U.S. Army nurse, particularly her duty during World War II. Of particular interest are her reminiscences of enlistment shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, arrival at New Zealand, duty in the Fiji Islands, and transfer to Calcutta, India. She comments on living conditions, medical treatment of soldiers, problems with the food in India, reenlistment, and post-war duty in Germany
Civil religion and the Terror by Zara Anishanslin( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The politics of weaving and wearing silk in the age of homespun by Zara Anishanslin( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names
Bernhardt, Zara Anishanslin

English (17)