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Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity

R. S. Koppen

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Places Woolf´s writing in the context of sartorial practice from the Victorian period to the 1930s

Bringing together studies in fashion, body culture and modernism, these 6 chapters place Woolf´s writing in the context of contemporary European fashions, sartorial practices and projects of dress reform. Drawing on theories of dress and fashion from Thomas Carlyle to Walter Benjamin, Wyndham Lewis and J.C. Flugel, the book explores the modernist fascination with clothes as objects, signs, things, and embodied practice.

Clothes facilitate explorations in modern materialism by, for instance, informing surrealist attempts to think the materiality of things outside the system of commodities and their fetishisation. Woolf´s work as a cultural analyst and writer of fiction provides illuminating illustrations of all of these aspects, 'thinking through clothes' in representations of the present, investigations of the archives of the past, and projections for the future.

Contents

List of illustrations
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Preface
1. Modern Clothes-Consciousness
2. From Symbolism in Loose Robes to the Figure of the Androgyne
3. Fashion and Literary Modernity
4. Modernism Against Fashion
5. Civilised Minds, Fashioned Bodies, and the Nude Future
6. Hats and Veils: Texere in the Age of Rupture
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

R.S. Koppen is Professor in British literature in the Department of Foreign Languages in the University of Bergen. Dr. Koppen has published articles on modern literature and drama in New Literary History and Modern Drama, and a monograph on contemporary feminist theatre (Scenes of Infidelity: Feminism in the Theatre, Oslo: Solum, 1997). She has also published on the topic of fashion in the Selected Papers of the Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference (2006 and 2007). Current book projects include a collection of essays on Literature and Science, of which she is a co-editor.

Reviews

Koppen's work sets out an elegant and complex argument … Highly innovative, wide-ranging, meticulously written and carefully argued.

- Routledge ABES

Koppen's work sets out an elegant and complex argument … Highly innovative, wide-ranging, meticulously written and carefully argued.

- Routledge ABES
Opens up new perspectives and sources, weaving philosophical debate with the historical, literary and cultural.
- Virginia Woolf Bulletin

A rigorously researched, persuasively written study, and a compelling read. Its breadth of scope adds to its value as a resource for scholars of Woolf, theorists of dress and historians of moder¬nity alike. R. S. Koppen has crafted a seamlessly interwoven and richly rewarding tapestry of myriad theoretical, historiographical and socio-cultural sources.

- Woolf Studies Annual, Volume 18, 2012