CfP: Dressing/ Undressing the Victorians: Reading Clothes in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Contexts, University of Chester, Saturday 28th March 2015

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore how contemporary understandings of the Victorians are shaped by representations of clothing and costume. It will interrogate the cultural afterlives of the Victorian body, both clothed and unclothed. How does contemporary culture, whether literature, art, film, and television, employ costume to shape ideas of Victorian people? What traces of Victorian design have emerged in the clothing cultures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and what meanings are generated by these? Does neo-Victorian fiction rewrite the Victorian body and its clothing in radical ways? How does costume function in theatrical contexts in presenting the Victorians on stage/screen or in performance? Do fashion historians think about Victorians differently to scholars engaging in literary analysis? What ‘newly discovered’ Victorians have emerged in contemporary culture, and how are they dressed?

Papers of 20-minutes length are invited which address these and related questions. The topics the conference hopes to…

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