Style, Identity, and the Problem of the Used Garment
Takes up secondhand clothes, the trade in which picked up between the wars as individuals who had formerly purchased new attire saw their earnings drop. Both middlebrow and modernist fiction suggests that secondhand clothing can distribute aspects of the original owner's persona, but only modernist work depicts such distribution as imprinting successive owners with an alien personality. I argue that this difference maps onto attitudes toward the artist, with writers who base characters on modern artists equating secondhand clothes with secondhand style.
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