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FASHION AND FICTION: SELF-TRANSFORMATION IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE. Lauren S. Cardon. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, 2016. Cultural Frames, Framing Culture. 230 pp. with 15 ills. 23 x 15 cm. LC 2015-37819 ISBN 9780813938622 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171891. Publisher's description: During the twentieth century, the rise of the concept of Americanization -- shedding ethnic origins and "otherness" to embrace an American identity -- was accompanied by a rhetoric of personal transformation that would ultimately characterize the American Dream. The theme of self-transformation has remained a central cultural narrative in American literary, political, and sociological texts -- from immigrant memoirs, slave narratives, Gone with the Wind, the rags-to-riches stories of Horatio Alger and even the writings of Barack Obama. Such rhetoric feeds American myths of progress, upward mobility, and personal reinvention. In Fashion and Fiction, Lauren S. Cardon draws a correlation between the American fashion industry and early twentieth-century literature. As American fashion diverged from a class-conscious industry governed by Parisian designers to become more commercial and democratic, she argues, fashion designers and journalists began appropriating the same themes of self-transformation to market new fashion trends. Cardon illustrates how canonical twentieth-century American writers, including Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Nella Larsen, symbolically used clothing to develop their characters and their narrative of upward mobility.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 171892
Paperbound $29.50x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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