On Fashion / Edition 1

On Fashion / Edition 1

by Shari Benstock, Suzanne Ferriss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813520339

ISBN-13: 9780813520339

Pub. Date: 02/01/1994

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Until recently, fashion was considered the "F-word" in intellectual circles, dismissed as unworthy of serious attention. Yet no area of life, no individual moment, stands outside fashion's discourses. Intuitively, we all know that clothing is a language, incessantly communicating messages about its wearer. But who speaks this language, to whom is it

Overview

Until recently, fashion was considered the "F-word" in intellectual circles, dismissed as unworthy of serious attention. Yet no area of life, no individual moment, stands outside fashion's discourses. Intuitively, we all know that clothing is a language, incessantly communicating messages about its wearer. But who speaks this language, to whom is it addressed, what does it mean, and how are its meanings established and transformed? On Fashion explores the ways our material, political, psychological, sexual, even intellectual lives are woven into fashion's fabric.

This stimulating collection of essays explores fashion's symbolic and figurative functions in photography, cinema, and video; in consumerism, postmodernism, and feminism; in political and material culture; and in self-definition and subjectivity. They demonstrate the pervasive reach of fashion and its expressions.

This collection contains over sixty photographs and illustrations and includes essays by Barbara Brodman, Mary Ann Caws, Linda Benn DeLibero, Hlne Cixous, Diana Fuss, Cheryl Herr, Karla Jay, Deborah Jenson, Douglas Kellner, Ingeborg Majer O'Sickey, Leslie W. Rabine, Andrew Ross, Sonia Rykiel, Carol Shloss, Kaja Silverman, Maureen Turim, and Iris Marion Young.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813520339
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction - Shari Benstock and Suzanne Ferriss
Perspective
The Ends of Fashion; or, Learning to Theorize with Shoes in the Bata Shoe Museum - Julia Emberley
The Shoe in Art, the Shoe as Art - Janice West
High Angles on Shoes: Cinema, Gender, and Footwear - Maureen Turim
Presentation
Self-Fashioning, Gender Display, and Sexy Girl Shoes: What's at Stake-Female Fetishism or Narcissism? - Lorraine Gamman
Fashioning Masculinity: Men's Footwear and Modernity - Christopher Breward
Are You a Pura Latina? or, Menudo Every Day: Tacones and Symbolic Ethnicity - Tace Hedrick
In Rebecca's Shoes: Lesbian Fetishism in Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca - Jaime Hovey
Power
Brogans - Anthony Barthelemy
Empty Shoes - Ellen Carol Jones
Red Shoes and Bloody Stumps - Erin Mackie
Perception
The Slip in the Ballet Slipper: Illusion and the Naked Foot - Gerri Reaves
The Modern Foot - Janet Lyon
Wearing It Out - Laura Mullen
Postscript
Big Feets; or, How Cinderella's Glass Slippers Got Smashed under the Heel of a Size Ten Doc Marten - Todd Lyon
Appendix
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper - Charles Perrault
The Red Shoes - Hans Christian Andersen
Selected Bibliography
Contributors' Notes
Index

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