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How Modernism Matters: D.H. Lawrence, Fashion, and Enchanting Objects

Center Research Fellow Lecture at the Autzen House

Monday, November 18, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Elizabeth Sheehan, Research Fellow, Literature Faculty
School of Writing, Literature, and Film, OSU

What does a daring dress worn by a flapper have to do with the formally-experimental writing of literary modernists such as D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Nella Larsen? In this talk, Elizabeth Sheehan will explore the relationship between fashion and fiction in the 1910s and 1920s, when both clothing and novels underwent dramatic stylistic transformations. She will focus on Lawrence’s work, especially the novel Women in Love and its engagement with the dress design undertaken by such avant-garde groups as the Italian Futurists and the Bloomsbury group (which included Virginia Woolf).  Sheehan will consider Lawrence’s work in the context of fashion history and in relation to recent theories about the agency and enchantment of objects in order to address current debates about the uses of literature and the relationship between stylistic and social change.



Autzen House (campus map)
811 SW Jefferson Ave.
Joy Futrell
1 541 737 2450
joy.futrell at oregonstate.edu
Center for the Humanities
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