Dressed to Kill: Dress and Identity in History - ARTS2904

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1

Excluded: ARTS2901, GENT0312, SPAN3350

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Women's and Gender Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisation: History

This course will focus on the many meanings of dress from daily attire, national dress, and religious costume, to high fashion across a wide gamut of cultures. Specific topics include gender and identity, inventing national dress, deportment, dress as concealment and adornment, shaping the body (such as footbinding and the corset), haute couture, and the politics of dress. The relationships between concealment and etiquette, cloth holiness and magic, dress and undress, and the manipulation of costume for political agendas will also be explored. Case studies will be taken from world history, particularly Europe, Asia and Latin America, over the last four hundred years.

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