Fashion and Literary Modernity

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:
Fashion and Literary Modernity

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This chapter takes a look at three famous theorists of nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernity – Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin and Paul de Man – studying their possible responses to the question of what the presence of sartorial fashion might signify in modernist literary text. It concludes that although their views might differ from each other, this is only due to a difference in the understanding of fashion and its temporality.

Keywords: sartorial fashion; modernist literary text; understanding of fashion; Charles Baudelaire; Walter Benjamin; Paul de Man

Chapter.  11608 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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