The Fashion of Modernity - The Burden of the Dress in Virginia Woolf's Fiction

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The Fashion of Modernity - The Burden of the Dress in Virginia Woolf's Fiction

<p>An insight into the world of fashion as represented in the works of Virginia Woolf, the feminist icon of Modernity. A view of the time when everything changed – from the perspective of the cultural

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An insight into the world of fashion as represented in the works of Virginia Woolf, the feminist icon of Modernity. A view of the time when everything changed – from the perspective of the cultural trends affecting not only the style of writing, but also the style of “dressing for dinner”, and the general lifestyle of the modern society. The course will also aim to question how the change in dress code that came with Modernity has affected the cultural norms of our, contemporary society.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
  • Virginia Woolf, Orlando
  • Virginia Woolf, The New Dress
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introducing the author – biography
  • Analysing the posthumously published biographical notes
  • Offering historical and cultural context analysis
  • Close reading (short fiction)
  • Deconstructing the “dress code” – the dress as a symbol
  • Discussing the importance of the dress code created in Modernity and its relevance to the contemporary dress codes


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have learned more about the biography of the author, from a different angle.
  2. Understand the cultural context of Modernity.
  3. Discuss the relevance of the sartorial practice both within the life and fiction of Virginia Woolf.
  4. Understand and become critically aware of the cultural codes of the time the author lived in.
  5. Discuss the legacy of the Modernist sartorial practice, and its relevance to contemporary culture and dress codes.