Although clothing has been represented in the arts as self-expression, as signaling community membership, or resistance, Holocaust memoirs intervene. Clothing represented protection or persecution. Trudi Kanter’s memoir Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler dramatizes the transformation of fashion into a woman’s escape plan from Nazi persecution and questions literary meanings of transnational and diaspora. A successful milliner in Vienna when the Anschluss threatened Vienna’s 200,000 Jews, Kanter exploited the patronage of Nazi wives to escape. Instead of celebrating self-determining transnational border crossings and identities, Kanter’s memoir shows how Nazi occupation, with its omnipresent threat of capture, serves as a critique. Kanter’s memoir offers a challenging perspective on representing fashionable literary authorship in the mid-twentieth century.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Fashion and Authorship|
|Subtitle of host publication||Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century|
|Number of pages||23|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)