Modern Clothes-consciousness

R. S. Koppen

in Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638727
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651917 | DOI:
Modern Clothes-consciousness

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This chapter studies the idea of modern clothes-consciousness and how it mediates and focuses on some of the most urgent concerns of modernity, determining that fashion – metonymically or metaphorically – is seen to signify the constitutional character of modern social organisation and temporality. Here, clothes are viewed as representations of the threshold where the modern object/subject relation is made evident in a series of encounters and ruptures. The chapter also considers a tropology of garments that seem to intervene, within a Woolfian but also more modernist materialism, between human beings and nature, life and after-life, and people and things.

Keywords: modern clothes-consciousness; modernity; constitutional character; social organisation; temporality; tropology of garments; Woolfian materialism; modernist materialism

Chapter.  14992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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