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Literature and Visual Cultures Seminar: Modernism and Fashion

Posted on 24/04/2013

Literature and Visual Cultures Research Seminar: Modernism and Fashion

Room F1, 11 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RF 

Wednesday 24 April 2013, 5-7pm

Free, all welcome

The next session of the Literature and Visual Cultures Research Seminar will take place on Wednesday 24 April at the earlier time of 5-7pm, with two papers on modernism and fashion.

Solita Solano and Djuna Barnes in Paris

Dr. Vike Martina Plock, University of Exeter. ‘Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Fascism’ 

This paper focuses on Virginia Woolf’s 1930s writing – especially Three Guineas and The Years – in order to analyse her engagement with fascist interventions in identity politics. Dr. Plock will show how Woolf, in focusing on the depiction of sartorial items in her writing, examines the relationship between the individual and the collective that fascist movements threatened to restructure by introducing increasingly uniform clothing.

Sophie Oliver, Royal Holloway, University of London. ‘Djuna Barnes and Fashion in the 1910s’

This paper will outline and interpret several related instances of Djuna Barnes’s early interest in fashion, giving a reading of their relevance to her developing aesthetic. In her journalism, poetry and artwork of the 1910s we can see the beginnings of Barnes’s lifelong and productive fascination with the material aspects of dress – how the construction and the wearing of clothes tell us something about their social functions, especially in relation to women – but also the paradigm that fashion offered for her unique vision of time and her critical view of American modernity in the early twentieth century.

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