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Spring 2009-2010
* AAS 314 / COM 396 (LA)  

Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models

Wendy L. Belcher

Explores the life-writing of American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class. How do ethnicity and femininity intersect? How are authenticity and difference commodified? How do women construct identities through narrative and negotiate their relationships to their bodies, families, and nations? This course will include guest lectures by fashion editors and models; discussions of contemporary television programs, global fashion, and cultural studies; and student self-narratives about their relationships with cultural standards of beauty, whether vexed or not.

Sample reading list:
Alek Wek, Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel
Irina Pantaeva, Siberian Dream
Jillian Shanebrook, Model: Life Behind the Makeup
Waris Diric, Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
Mary Gaitskill, Veronica
Linda Welters and Abby Lillethun, The Fashion Reader
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 to 250 pages of reading a week; all readings in English

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None.

Other information:
None

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
45509 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:13 Limit:15