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Meet the Author: Pravina Shukla

Costume: Performing Identities through Dress

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5:00pm

College Arts & Humanities Institute

Pravina Shukla, Associate Professor of Folklore at IUB, will discuss her recent book, Costume: Performing Identities through Dress (IU Press, 2015). Daily dress reflects personal identity; costume is often described as the clothing of who we are not, of the people we are pretending to be. But costume signals a different self, urging the daily further along an artistic trajectory that leads to heightened communication and often culminates in a spectacle for public consumption. Like ritual, costumed events are distinct from daily existence, and therefore they allow for extreme forms of dress to aid in the formation of an alternative identity.

Learn more about Shula’s book on IU Press website here.

Read Shukla’s faculty profile on the Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department website here.