Visual and Material Culture: Course

Beyond the Surface : Fashion & Appearance in Artistic Media

Marzel Shoshana Rose, Dr., Semester 1, Sunday, 14:30-16:00
Marzel Shoshana Rose, Dr., Semester 2, Sunday, 14:30-16:00
This seminar will explore the multiple functions of clothing, accessories, make-up and hair-does within fictional narratives. Through detailed analysis of particular ones, including those of theatre, literature, film and television series, the course will reveal the importance of appearance's role within a range of creative media. Most often, appearance anchors the creation in time and place, builds the characters and develops along their evolution. It also embodies abstract concepts, such as social and/or political criticism, utopia/dystopia, gender perceptions, human relations, and the like. However, appearance does not always functions as expected, and the course will show how these "deviations" are particularly revealing.