• Gerald EganEmail author


While the predominant focus in studies of literature and fashion has been on representations of clothing and dress within literary texts, this chapter raises the question that will be central to this collection: What about the author? What were his or her alliances with modishness, stylishness, fashion? The chapter considers this question in relation to theories of fashion of past and contemporary theorists (Kant, Baudelaire, Veblen, Barthes, Wilson, and Lipovetsky) and situates the collection in relation to current criticism on fashion and literature. The chapter closes with a preview of the essays in the collection, suggesting that they converge upon a fundamental question: What happens to our notions of timeless literature when authorship itself is implicated in the transient cycles and materials of fashion?

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  1. 1.California State University, Long BeachPalos Verdes EstatesUSA

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