An International Transdisciplinary Conference, University of Technology, Sydney Australia
It was Roland Barthes who proposed that fashion was not an ‘industry’ but rather a set of fictions. By this Barthes did not wish to ignore the economic function of fashion, but rather underline fashion’s mythic dimension, and suggest that fashion is a literature in itself. Fashion and fiction have long existed in close proximity; writers have been driven by their experience of fashion; fashion has been developed through and by literary tropes. What makes dress and fashion such a fascinating subject for writers? And how are fashion’s mythologies constructed and disseminated through fictional texts?
This transdisciplinary conference, a creative collaboration between the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, seeks to investigate and explore the role that fashion has played in fictional narratives from the 19th century to the present. In particular, it will examine specific fashion discourses or conversations within fiction, assessing the role, function, and purposes of clothes, fashion movements, style and image to create narratives within narratives.
Papers are sought from those engaged in the fields of literature, creative writing, media, cultural studies, fashion and design, philosophy and theory.
Papers, work-in-progress and workshops are invited. Possible topics may include but not limited to:
- the gothic
- animated texts
- graphic novels
- historical fiction
- new media
- script and cinematic texts
- metaphor/metaphorical fiction
- feminist readings in fashion and display.
- queer readings of fashion in fiction.
- Semiotics of fashion.
- Fashion in crime fiction.
- Fashion in historical fiction.
Selected papers will be published in a peer referred publication.
Abstract Deadline plus short biography: October 15, 2006
Please send abstracts to one of the following: