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Co-editors: Ilya Parkins (University of British Columbia) and Lise Shapiro Sanders (Hampshire College)

We seek essays for a special issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies on "Fashion in the Magazines."? Exploring fashion's complex relationship to the present, the new and the now, this special issue will focus on the significance of fashion to histories of modernity, and to modernism's engagement with history. Questions to be addressed include: How did modernist texts, in concert with periodicals as the primary venue in which fashion writing appeared, address fashion, fashionability, and historical style? In what ways do fashion, clothing, and costume illuminate or complicate notions of literary and historical periodization? What insights can be gained into the presence of the past by exploring the role of fashion in modernism's emphasis on "making it new"? A major goal is to engage the multiple contexts in which fashion circulated from the 1880s through the 1950s -- not only in modernist magazines, but also in popular periodicals, and in advertising, design, and illustration as these intersected with the periodical press.

This special issue is designed to redress the relative critical silence about fashion in feminist periodical studies, which persists even as fashion studies has burgeoned. Recent scholarship in the new modernist studies and the history of popular culture has begun to address this occlusion, and in this special issue we extend this discussion by focusing on fashion in the modern periodical, broadly conceived. Comparative and intersectional scholarship, and studies that engage locations in the Global South, are particularly welcome.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to Ilya Parkins ( and Lise Shapiro Sanders ( by 30 June 2018.

Editor biographies:

Ilya Parkins is Associate Professor of Gender and Women'??s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. She is the author of Poiret, Schiaparelli, Dior: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity (Berg, 2012) and the co-editor of Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion (UPNE, 2011). Her research on fashion, feminist theory, and mediations of femininities in modernist and contemporary contexts has drawn extensively on fashion magazines and periodical studies, and has appeared in periodicals including Time & Society, Feminist Review, Australian Feminist Studies, and the collection Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-39.

Lise Shapiro Sanders is Associate Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, print media and popular culture, film studies, and women's and gender studies. She is the author of Consuming Fantasies: Labor, Leisure, and the London Shopgirl, 1880-1920 (Ohio State UP, 2006) and, with Amy Bingaman and Rebecca Zorach, co-editor of Embodied Utopias: Gender, Social Change, and the Modern Metropolis (Routledge, 2002). Her articles have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Women's History Review, and several edited collections.

Conference Location: N/A, N/A
Conference Starts: April 16, 2018
Conference Ends: June 30, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

For more information, contact: Lise Shapiro Sanders