Civilised Minds, Fashioned Bodies and the Nude Future

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:
Civilised Minds, Fashioned Bodies and the Nude Future

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This chapter looks at how the European elite responded to urgent issues by rethinking classical culture as a model of performative community, and by turning to the performative mode of mass spectacle and festival. The discussion focuses on the redefinitions these two relationships were subjected to and the terms in which such redefinitions occurred. It also considers a redefined humanism and a signifying practice that is based on combinations instead of boundaries.

Keywords: European elite; classical culture; performative community; performative mode; mass spectacle; festival; humanism; redefinitions

Chapter.  10890 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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