CFP: Fashion in Fiction (Australia) (10/15/06; 5/26/07-5/27/07)

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Catherine Cole

Fashion in Fiction
26-27 May 2007

An International Transdisciplinary Conference,
University of Technology, Sydney Australia

It was Roland Barthes who proposed that fashion was not an ¡Æindustry¡Ç
but rather a set of fictions. By this Barthes did not wish to ignore
the economic function of fashion, but rather underline fashion¡Çs 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¡Çs 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:

¡Ý the gothic
¡Ý animated texts
¡Ý graphic novels
¡Ý historical fiction
¡Ý new media
¡Ý script and cinematic texts
¡Ý metaphor/metaphorical fiction
¡Ý feminist readings in fashion and display.
¡Ý queer readings of fashion in fiction.
¡Ý Semiotics of fashion
¡Ý Fashion in crime fiction.
¡Ý Fashion in historical fiction.

Selected papers will be published in a peer referred publication.

Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2006
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