Brides and widows: Iconic dress and identity in Howard Barker’s costumes

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621629
Title:
Brides and widows: Iconic dress and identity in Howard Barker’s costumes
Authors:
Kipp, Lara Maleen ( 0000-0001-6022-6720 )
Abstract:
One of the strongest recurring motifs in the work of contemporary British playwright Howard Barker is women’s marital status: brides and widows abound in his work. Their status as such is often crucially configured, but also subverted through their costumes (in a Western cultural context). This paper considers the central role that brides and widows play in a variety of Barker’s dramatic texts and identifies some core working principles with regard to his use of costume. It explores the notion of the iconic garment (cf. Hannah 2014) and its influence on these characters’ identities. Drawing on aesthetic discourse, in particular that of the sublime, I analyse how Barker proposes a reconsideration of stable subject identity through these recognisable, yet ambiguous and unstable female figures.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Kipp, Lara Maleen (2017) 'Brides and widows: Iconic dress and identity in Howard Barker's Costumes', Studies in Costume & Performance, 2: 1, pp. 27-42.
Publisher:
Intellect
Journal:
Studies in Costume & Performance
Issue Date:
2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621629
Additional Links:
https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=235/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
20524013
EISSN:
20524021
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
School of Arts

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dc.contributor.authorKipp, Lara Maleenen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-02T10:18:18Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-02T10:18:18Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationKipp, Lara Maleen (2017) 'Brides and widows: Iconic dress and identity in Howard Barker's Costumes', Studies in Costume & Performance, 2: 1, pp. 27-42.en
dc.identifier.issn20524013-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621629-
dc.description.abstractOne of the strongest recurring motifs in the work of contemporary British playwright Howard Barker is women’s marital status: brides and widows abound in his work. Their status as such is often crucially configured, but also subverted through their costumes (in a Western cultural context). This paper considers the central role that brides and widows play in a variety of Barker’s dramatic texts and identifies some core working principles with regard to his use of costume. It explores the notion of the iconic garment (cf. Hannah 2014) and its influence on these characters’ identities. Drawing on aesthetic discourse, in particular that of the sublime, I analyse how Barker proposes a reconsideration of stable subject identity through these recognisable, yet ambiguous and unstable female figures.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIntellecten
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=235/en
dc.subjectScenographyen
dc.subjectCostumeen
dc.subjectHoward Barkeren
dc.subjectIconic dressen
dc.titleBrides and widows: Iconic dress and identity in Howard Barker’s costumesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn20524021-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalStudies in Costume & Performanceen
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