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Flaunting: Extreme Fashion on the Early Modern Stage

CHUM 301
Fall 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 352
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Queer Studies

Frilly ruffs and cuffs, bulging codpieces, towering "chopines" (platform shoes)--oh my! This course considers the early modern stage as an engine of fashion and the forms of sartorial ostentation to which it gave rise. How did fashion contribute the rise of the commercial theater? How did clothing shape gender, sexuality, class and race in plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, which were performed by adult men and gender-fluid, "boy" actors? How did sartorial excess and the sumptuary laws that sought to control it affect social status and mobility during the rise of capitalism? And how were early modern fashion trends updated in later productions of these plays?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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