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Clothing may not make the man (or woman), but it helps. How clothing as a vestige and artifact and as transmitter of identity moves from one use to another, from one fantasy to another fad, from one literary source to another visual one: these are the concerns of the essays in this volume.

The second in a four-part series charting the social, cultural, and political expression of clothing, dress, and accessories, Exchanging Clothes focuses on the concept of transnational “circulation and exchange”—not only the global exchange of material commodities across time and space but also of the ideas, images, colors, and textures related to fashion. Essays examine the parade of heroes past, from Homer and Virgil to Dante and Ariosto, wearing armor or nothing; the social power of a tie or of a safety pin sprung from punk fashion to the red carpet; a Midwestern thrift store, from cheap labor to cheap purchase, as a microcosm of global circulation; and lesbian pulp fiction as how-to-dress manuals.

Whether looking at Kate Chopin’s silk stockings, Nellie Bly’s capacious bag, Audrey Hepburn’s cross-Atlantic travels, rings in James Merrill’s poetry, or feminine ornaments in Algeria, these essays offer an ever-expanding vision of how fashion moves through culture and the economy, reflecting and determining identity at every stage and turn of the transaction.

Contributors: Nello Barile, IULM U, Milan; Vittoria C. Caratozzolo, Sapienza, U of Rome; Alisia Grace Chase, SUNY, Brockport; Chafika Dib-Marouf, Jules Verne U, Picardie; Anne Hollander; Mariuccia Mandelli (Krizia); Andrea Mariani, Gabriele d’Annunzio U, Chieti-Pescara; Katalin Medvedev, U of Georgia; Laura Montani; Karen Reimer; Cristina Scatamacchia, U of Perugia.


How garments—signaling and altering identity—circulate through culture and the economy

About the Author

Cristina Giorcelli is professor of American literature at the University of Rome Three.

Paula Rabinowitz is professor of English at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments

Clothing, Dress, Fashion: An Arcade

Introduction. Walking the Walk: Circulation and Exchange

Paula Rabinowitz

1. Accessory Questions

Laura Montani

2. Krizia and Accessories

Mariuccia Mandelli

3. The Dress of Thought: Clothing and Nudity in Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Ariosto

Anne Hollander

4. Orbits of Power: Rings in James Merrill’s Poetry

Andrea Mariani

5. Sheer Luxury: Kate Chopin’s “A Pair of Silk Stockings”

Cristina Giorcelli

6. Traveling Light: Nellie Bly’s All-Inclusive Bag

Cristina Scatamacchia

7. Like Their First Pair of High Heel Shoes: Continental Accessories and Audrey Hepburn’s Cinematic Coming of Age

Alisia Grace Chase

8. Word-Processed for You by a Professional Seamstress

Karen Reimer

9. Slips of the Tongue: Lesbian Pulp Fiction as How-to-Dress Manuals

Paula Rabinowitz

10. A Safety Pin for Elizabeth: Hard-Edge Accessorizing from Punk Subculture to High Fashion

Vittoria C. Caratozzolo

11. A Knot to Untie: Social Power, Fetishism, and Communication in the Social History of the Tie

Nello Barile

12. Ornaments and Feminine Clothing Tradition in Algeria; or the Identity Quest

Chafika Dib-Marouf

13. It Is a Garage Sale at Savers Every Day: An Ethnography of the Savers Thrift Department Store in Minneapolis

Katalin Medvedev

Coda: Speaking Out and Speaking Up: The Circulating Power of Fashion

Cristina Giorcelli


Product Details

Giorcelli, Cristina
University of Minnesota Press
Anne Holla
Mandelli, Mariuccia
Montani, Laura
Mariani, Andrea
Hollander, Anne
Scatamacchia, Cristina
Rabinowitz, Paula
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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8 x 6 x 1.5 in

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