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FASHION STUDIES
  Prof. Federica Perazzini
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Students are kindly informed that
the Fashion as a Cultural Discourse class
will be held on Tuesdays  h: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Aula B Seminari 
Dep. Storia Moderna e Contemporanea
(second floor, left corridor, walk the Dep. Storia Moderna e Contemporanea corridor until the end).
 


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Notifications

Exam Fall Session

September 7th ORAL EXAMS 
non attending students
Fashion master Room (1st floor) at 2.00 p.m

 


COURSE DESCRIPTION

As a process of adopting symbols to provide the individual an identity relative to others, fashion represents a prominent discursive practices employed by the dominant group to legitimise its ‘hegemony’ through
the continuous narration of the different ‘regimes of truth’.

Indeed, fashion constitutes the very language of such narrations, with literary texts and imageries becoming the actual fabric of both material and symbolic consumption. The course examines the relationship between fashion and literature in a discursive perspective from the early modernity up today.

Representative topics include the transition between sumptuary laws and new capitalistic order, Victorian fashion ideology, origins of fashion countercultures, as well as contemporary scenarios of cultural brands.

  

SYLLABUS

-   COURSE INTRODUCTION: IDEOLOGY - HEGEMONY - DISCOURSE.   
-    Readings:
A critical Review of theories of knowledge and power   

-    BREAKING (Sumptuary) LAWS: CLOTHING AS CAPITAL IN THE EARLY MODERNITY      
-    Readings: Shopping the place to Go, Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain       
     Presentation     The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
    

-    VICTORIAN FASHION IDEOLOGY: CLOTHING AND IDENTITY    
-    Readings: Exquisite Slaves: the role of clothes in making the victorian woman 
                       The Cut of His Coat, The Disappearence of Man's Fashion and Consumption
    
Presentation     Great Expectation and/or Jane Eyre   

-    VICTORIAN COUNTER IDEOLOGIES_ OPPOSITIONAL DRESS   
-    Readings: Oppositional Dress     
   
 Readings: The Philosphy of Dress  
     Presentation
     Oscar Wilde and/or William Morris
    

-    EDWARDIAN BOHEMIANS : THE BLOOMSBURY EXPERIENCE    
-    Readings: The Fabric of her Fiction: Virginia Woolf’s Development of Literary Motifs based on Clothing
     Presentation     Virginia Woolf’s The New Dress and Mrs Dalloway
    

-    A BRAVE NEW (Bipolar) WAR : FASHION AS LIFESTYLE IN THE U.S.A         
     Presentation     Ginsberg’s The Howl e Kerouac’s On the Road
    

-    BRANDING THE COOL           
     Open Discussion
    

-    CONTEMPORARY SCENARIOS
     
     Open Discussion
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Here's the google Drive Link for the Lessons' PDF 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1irdQgkNErwauV8Ja5EZbS9NJ6J39qzO0 

 NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS: The Exam will be entirely oral and will focus on the book Adorned in Dreams by Elizabeth Wilson, along with all the readings uploaded. In addition to that, students will be required to read two of the novels in the syllabus (Moll Flanders, Great Expectations, Mrs Dalloway, On the Road)

 
 
 
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