Costume: Performing Identities Through Dress

Paperback | April 6, 2015

byPravina Shukla

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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.

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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 d...

Pravina Shukla is Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India (IUP, 2007), winner of the Costume Society of America's Millia Davenport prize and the Coomaraswamy Prize, Association for Asian Stu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.5 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:April 6, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253015774

ISBN - 13:9780253015778

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Dressing-Up: Special Clothing for Extraordinary Contexts
2. Festive Spirit: Carnival Costume in Brazil
3. Heritage: Folk Costume in Sweden
4. Play: The Society for Creative Anachronism
5. Reenactment: Reliving the American Civil War
6. Living History: Colonial Williamsburg
7. Art: Costume and Collaboration on the Theatre Stage
8. Artistic Communication: Costume as Elective Identity
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"In this era of new media technologies used in the service of identity construction, it is fascinating to note the extent to which people employ costume-extraordinary and purposefully creative dress-to explore different, perhaps deeper, expressions of themselves. Pravina Shukla draws on rich ethnographic material from research in the United States, Sweden, and Brazil to capture the words, actions, and appearances of individuals who are passionate and extremely articulate about the costumes they make, wear, and observe." -Carol Hendrickson, Marlboro College