The Clothed Body

The Clothed Body

by Patrizia Calefato
     
 

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What do tattooed Egyptian mummies of 2000 BC have in common with modern sub-cultural styles? From mini-skirts to skin decoration, make-up to hair, dress is imbued with symbols that reflect different meanings in different contexts. Calefato picks apart the multiple functions of modern dress, considering the psychological, cultural, spiritual and symbolic

Overview

What do tattooed Egyptian mummies of 2000 BC have in common with modern sub-cultural styles? From mini-skirts to skin decoration, make-up to hair, dress is imbued with symbols that reflect different meanings in different contexts. Calefato picks apart the multiple functions of modern dress, considering the psychological, cultural, spiritual and symbolic significances at play. What we wear is a vehicle for the (often contentious) expression of politics, gender and identity and therefore clothing is at the root of a complex set of messages, many paradoxical. Clothing may, for example, liberate through the pleasures of masquerade and at the same time "cage" or control the body. The Clothed Body shows how semiotics can provide a convincing template for understanding dress in a wide range of contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859738054
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author


Patrizia Calefato is Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Pratiche Linguistiche e Analisi di Testi, Università degli Studi di Bari. She is Deputy President of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies and serves on the Executive Committee of the Società Italiana delle Letterate (Italian Society of Women in Literature).

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