Sunday, November 15, 2009

you know I'd sign up for this in a heartbeat!

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY IS OFFERING A CLASS ON..... MODELS!! For Spring 2009-2010, the Ivy League will have a class titled "Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models" taught by Wendy Belcher. Here is the class's description:

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.

The books sound crazy interesting!:
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

I'm basically jealous. Shallow subject manner, but it discusses some relevant issues. Guest lectures and the discussions sound like sooooo much fun.

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