UM-Flint will welcome Dr. Katherine Joslin from Western Michigan University as a leading scholar speaking about her work on Edith Wharton. She’ll present “Reading Dress: The Fiction of Edith Wharton,” which "Intimate Apparel" Director and UM-Flint Theatre Professor Carolyn Gillespie says makes a fascinating intersection in exploring the role of material culture in women’s lives.
The connection rings even deeper as “Intimate Apparel” is set in 1905, the same year Wharton’s blockbuster novel “The House of Mirth” was published.
Joslin's most recent new book, Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion (UPNE, 2009), places Wharton's fiction and non-fiction in the context of fashion design, labor history, and women's dress reform from the corseted and bustled silhouettes of the late nineteenth century to the flowing angles of the twentieth. Joslin will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Room 164 of French Hall at UM-Flint. The public is welcome to attend.