On Fashion

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Shari Benstock, Suzanne Ferriss
Rutgers University Press, 1994 - Architecture - 317 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Shari Benstock and Suzanne Ferriss
17
Linda Benn DeLibero
41
Leslie W Rabine
59
Karla Jay
76
Hélène Cixous
95
SIGHT LIN
111
Mary Ann Cavvs
125
Maureen Turin
140
Kaja Silverman
183
Iris Marion Young
197
Diana Fuss
211
Y POLITIC
235
Barbara Brodnan
267
Andrevv Ross
284
Selected Bibliography
301
Index
307

Douglas Kellner
159

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About the author (1994)

SHARI BENSTOCK is a professor of English at the University of Miami and the author of Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940 and Textualizing the Feminine: On the Limits of Genre.

SUZANNE FERRISS is an assistant professor in the liberal arts department at Nova University.

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