Faculty Book: Eugenia Paulicelli

Eugenia Paulicelli

Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy: From Sprezzatura to Satire
(Ashgate, 2014)

The first comprehensive study on the role of Italian fashion and Italian literature, this book analyzes clothing and fashion as described and represented in literary texts and costume books in the Italy of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The author emphasizes the centrality of Italian literature and culture for understanding modern theories of fashion and gauging fashion’s impact in the shaping of codes of civility and taste in Europe and the West. At the core of the book is the idea that the texts examined here act as maps that both pinpoint the establishment of fashion as a social institution of modernity and gauge the meaning of clothing at a personal and a political level. Eugenia Paulicelli (Prof., Queens) serves on the doctoral faculty in comparative literature.

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Submitted on: JUN 11, 2014

Category: Comparative Literature, Faculty Books