Journal1: Power, Magic and the Meaning of Cloth in India, Dress and Race in Spanish America

| August 22, 2015

Readings:
Bayly, C.A., “The Origins of Swadeshi (Home Industry): Cloth and Indian Society”, in Arjun
Appadurai (ed.), The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1986: 285-321.
Earle, Rebecca, “Nationalism and National Dress in Spanish America”, in Mina Roces and
Louise Edwards (eds.) , The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas, (Eastbourne:
Sussex Academic Press, 2007), pp. 163-181.
Journal Questions: What do cloth and clothing mean in Indian society? How was dress
linked to race in Spanish America? What does the popularity of the huaso and the china
poblana signify about how national dress and identity was assigned in Spanish America?
(What do you think about Miss Peru’s choice of indigenous dress?).
Journal2 : Foot-binding in China, the Corset
Readings:
Dorothy Ko, Every Step a Lotus Shoes for Bound Feet, (The Bata Shoe Museum, Berkeley:
University of California Press, 2001, chapter 2, pp. 47-75.
Steele, Valerie, “Art and Nature: Corset Controversies of the Nineteenth Century”, The
Corset: A Cultural History, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001, pp.35-65, 178-180.
Journal Questions: How is the practice of foot-binding in China related to how the feminine
is defined? How does the corset reflect Victorian England’s views on cultural constructions
of the feminine (including notions of class and status)?
*Each Journals should be about around 500-
600 words

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