115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

“Intellectual Fashion”: Plath, Mademoiselle, and the Mythos of Style

Paris Brown, University of California, Riverside

This project investigates the importance of image in identity and the visual role of fashion in the life of Sylvia Plath. It proposes that Plath attempted to define femininity and her own career path though the intertextuality of clothing and poetry, forming a mythological identity pattern that simultaneously clothed and revealed her artistic vulnerability.

Proposal: 

This project investigates the importance of image in identity and the visual role of fashion in the life of Sylvia Plath. It proposes that Plath attempted to define femininity and her own career path though the intertextuality of clothing and poetry, forming a mythological identity pattern that simultaneously clothed and revealed her artistic vulnerability.