Considering Clothes

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Considering Clothes

Fall 2018

Taught By: Elizabeth Kendall

Section: A

CRN: 4901

Credits: 4

This course will consider the subject of clothes – through writing, reading, viewing, research, and discussion. This is not exactly a historical inquiry, but a deep-thinking - and also light-hearted - survey tailored to students’ experiences and desires, broken down in three “units,” as follows. I. We begin with a close analysis of students’ impromptu sartorial self-presentations in class, then progress to systems of thought that we’ve (unconsciously or consciously) applied in our analyses - semiotics, gender/race/class/aesthetic deconstruction, and memory. Using these systems, we will devise a rough methodology for deciphering clothes’ “messages.” II. We then “back up” to look at the basics of any clothing system: cloth, bodies, movement. III. The final course weeks will be powered by several case studies of key historical clothes “moments,”: the Renaissance, the 1920s, the present Fast Fashion moment. Coursework will include written assignments, oral presentations, reports on journals, and a few assignments in other media. Students will complete final papers whose topics will be chosen individually. The reading includes writers such as Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, Richard Sennett, Elizabeth Wilson, Anne Hollander, Phillip Lopate, Judith Thurman. Museums visited will include the Museum at FIT, the Metropolitan Museum, and MOMA.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:21am 2/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/13/2018