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Pete Bennett and Julian McDougall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325031

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325031.001.0001

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Wearing Text

Wearing Text

(p.37) 3: Wearing Text
Doing Text

Claire Pollard

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the act of wearing text. It considers how the author teaches the relationship between the-media and collective identity through an experiment during which students reflect on their own media consumption. As 'wearing' and identity are inextricably linked — the act of dressing in the morning is a process of performance; a construction of an identity that one wants to project to the outside world — the author decided to use outfits or 'worn texts' as a way of tracing their identities in each other's textual fields to see how that identity is mediated. Put simply: the author's students would 'read' an outfit or 'worn text' constructed by her and explore its representation in texts with which they were familiar and vice versa. The outcome would allow them to compare how they see their own identities with how others, as a result of their textual influences, read their identities, and ultimately it would help them to understand the effect the-media can have on their identity.

Keywords:   wearing text, media, collective identity, media consumption, identity, worn texts, textual influences

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