Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy; World Literature And Culture Studies
Throughout this double thesis, the author investigates the philosophical significance of fashion. Through her pursuit, she works through the reformulations of the experience of the beautiful as constructed by French poet Charles Baudelaire, then expands her findings with insights from Walter Benjamin and Georg Simmel in their fashion theories. In working through these conceptualizations, as analyzed by fashion and philosophy scholar Philipp Ekardt, fashion's mechanics emerge as a model for time, history, and the human life. To more deeply understand these insights, and for a more insightful reading of Leo Tolstoy's famed novel, the author applies her analysis to the titular character in Anna Karenina. With such a philosophical foundation, a close reading of Anna's vestimentary choices reveals intricacies of her psychological unfolding throughout her turbulent plotline.
Trainor, Serena Laine, "Not Just Pretty Clothes: Fashion's Progressive Operationalization as Seen in Baudelaire and Benjamin; Addendum: Anna Karenina's Appropriation of her Mortality Through Dress". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2020.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/830