Costume: Performing Identities through Dress (Paperback)Pravina Shukla (author)
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What does it mean to people around the world to put on costumes to celebrate their heritage, reenact historic events, assume a role on stage, or participate in Halloween or Carnival? Self-consciously set apart from everyday dress, costume marks the divide between ordinary and extraordinary settings and enables the wearer to project a different self or special identity. Pravina Shukla offers richly detailed case studies from the United States, Brazil, and Sweden to show how individuals use costumes for social communication and to express facets of their personalities.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 85 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
This collection of case studies is well worth a read for anyone interested in the physical, psychological, communal, and transformative power of costume. * Worn Through *
In drawing together these diverse studies and revealing the structural parallels between the behaviours underlying them, she has contributed to the study and interpretation of dress and costume, her ethnographic methodology throughout facilitating an emphasis on shared humanity. * The Costume Society *
Costume: Performing Identities through Dress is revelatory. . . . Shukla shares research across three continents . . . and within several contexts to show how what we wear defines us on personal and community levels. . . . Costume is a wide-ranging book bringing attention to clothing as part of festivals and folk heritage events, pop culture conventions and dramatic performances. * Nuvo *
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