Call for Papers

Inside/Out: Dress and Identity in German Literature, Performance, and Art

Annual Graduate Student Conference, Department of Germanic Languages
and Literatures
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
February 5, 2010
Keynote Address: Daniel Purdy, Director of German Graduate Studies,
Pennsylvania State University

Friedrich Logau once rhymed: "Alamode-Kleider, Alamode-Sinnen; / Wie
sichs wandelt aussen, wandelt sichs auch innen." Regardless of how
fleeting fashions might be, Logau's 17th-century identification of the
link between exterior and interior remains timeless. This conference
aims to explore the relationship between dress and identity in German
literature, theater, film, television, and the visual arts. How do
clothes "speak" and what do they say? In what sense can they represent
identity, or in some cases, misrepresent it? Do clothes lend
expression to—or leave an impression on—what lies beneath them?

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
- clothing as an expressive device
- metaphors of clothing
- exoticism
- uniforms and uniformity
- disguises, masks, concealment
- nudity and transparency
- gender
- religious and cultural signification
- the production of clothing
- costumes
- mending clothes
- accessories as symbols
- tableaux vivants
- historical reenactments

Please e-mail abstracts (max. 300 words) to
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