Notes on Costumes of the Mind - Notes on Costumes of the Mind Transvestism as Metaphor in Modern Literature Woolfs view of clothing implied that costume

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Notes on Costumes of the Mind: Transvestism as Metaphor in Modern Literature “Woolf’s view of clothing implied that costume is inseparable from identity – indeed that costume creates identity” (193) we are defined by our clothing Woolf lived in era when Industrial Revolution had produced a revolution in “fashion” o Literary tradition to explore the implications of transvestism o Theatricality associated with clothing of the wealthy (e.g. Orlando) until middle/late 19 th c. clothes were “uniforms”; defined class, age, and occupation, all of which were inescapable and fated (194) female modernists (Woolf) imagine costumes of the mind with irony and ambiguity women’s clothing is more connected with pressures and oppressions of gender; women have more to gain from identification of costume with self/gender “clothing powerfully defines sex roles” (195) overt and covert fantasies of transvestism if we define polarities (false costumes, true costumes)

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