91712 - Writing for Fashion in Anglo-American Culture

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to acquire an expert knowledge of the necessary tools to write texts on fashion in English. With a view towards the development of professional abilities in written communication, the course will have a historical, theoretical and critical approach. It aims at improving language skills using various text-types, including literature, that are relevant in Anglo-American culture. Moreover, students are given the tools to develop critical analysis of case studies of fashion journalism drawn from the press and writing in general.

Course contents

Students will learn that fashion writing requires rigorous structuring. The course envisages an introductory theoretical framework, then it will turn to linguistic and textual analysis of practical documents. Case studies from the press and specialized magazines will be analyzed. The traditional categories of journalism will be explored with a focus on hard news, the feature, the interview and profile.

Lessons will be held in English and partly in Italian for possible translations.

Within the framework of Special Lessons, scholars and professionals are invited to hold seminars that students must attend.

 

This Course participates in the "Identikit" project in collaboration with Festival della Fotografia di Savignano sul Rubicone (SI Fest) for its thirtieth anniversary celebration in 2021.

Readings/Bibliography

For the final exam students will be tested on the following:

 

- Reader 2021 containing various examples of fashion writing

(available at Cartoleria Tecnica, Via Dante, 30, by end September)

- Fashion Journalism - History, Theory, and Practice, Sanda Miller and Peter McNeil, Bloomsbury, 2018

- Vogue On Alexander McQueen, Chloe Fox, Quadrille Publishing, 2012

recommended:

- Dizionario della moda (inglese-italiano, italiano-inglese), Mariella Lorusso, Zanichelli, Bologna 2017

 

- Film:

 THE TRUE COST by Livia Firth (Bangladesh, USA, Cambodia, Cina, Danimarca, Francia, Haiti, India, Italia, Uganda, Regno Unito 2016, 92’) (compulsory)

Teaching methods

Lectures, teacher-led discussion and assignments. Interaction with students, presentations, and role-play simulations.

Assessment methods

Due to the restrictions imposed by the current health emergency, it is very likely that the teaching activity will be carried out as follows:

  • the first part of the course will be taught in presence (max 50% hours), students will alternate their presence in the classroom according to schedule;
  • the second part of the course will be performed online.

***It will always be possible to connect remotely and follow live lessons held in the classroom (through TEAMS platform).

 

During lectures students are required to write assignments.

The final exam will be written and will be divided into two parts: description of photos or short video, and a questionnaire. It will evaluate the ability of the student to write about subjects of this sector (about 1000 characters, spaces included) and answer a questionnaire on the reader, books and film.

If necessary, due to the epidemiological emergency from covid-19, the exam will take place online.

 

PLS NOTE: ***A dedicated section of our website (https://www.unibo.it/en/university/covid-19-The-measures-adopted-by-the-University-of-Bologna/information-about-the-contagion-and-the-protection-of-our-communitys-health [http://www.unibo.it/Covid19Sicurezza] ) contains safety and health instructions aimed at the student community as well as a short informative video. Compliance with the issued provisions is of the utmost importance, especially when it comes to social distancing, use of personal protective equipment and health monitoring.

 

Attending students (at least 22 hrs attendance):

- written assignment;

- written questionnaire during lectures;

- Reader 2021;

- film

- Fashion Journalism - History, Theory, and Practice, Sanda Miller and Peter McNeil, Bloomsbury, 2018 (chapters 4,5,6)

Vogue On Alexander McQueen

Non-attending students:

- written assignment;

- written questionnaire;

- Reader 2021;

- "Charles Baudelaire: the Beginning of Fashion Criticism" (included in the Reader 2021 for non-attending students);

- "Written Clothing", R. Barthes (included in the Reader 2021 for non-attending students);

- "Fashion Blogging and Journalism: Testimonials and Testaments of our Time", Giulia Rossi (included in the Reader 2021 for non-attending students);

- film;

- Fashion Journalism - History, Theory, and Practice, Sanda Miller and Peter McNeil, Bloomsbury, 2018 (full book);

Vogue On Alexander McQueen

PLS NOTE: it is advisable to contact the teacher for further instructions.

 

Evaluation criteria will consider the following 3 aspects of the student’s performance: contents fidelity, language quality and quality of writing.

Marks will be attributed as follows (the main criteria are indicated here):

 

Insufficient E

0-18

Contents: inadequate due to poor logico-semantic coherence, false meanings and countersense, frequent additions and/or omissions

Language: serious errors concerning spelling, grammar, syntax, lexicon

Writing: illogical, it lacks basic parts (introduction, body paragraphs, or conclusion)

 

Sufficient D

18-20

Contents: just adequate with minor false meanings, omissions, additions, local lack of coherence

Language: minor errors concerning spelling, grammar, syntax, lexicon, which don’t affect comprehension

Writing: includes an introduction, thesis or objective, paragraph divisions, and conclusion, lack of interferences

 

Fairly good C

21-23

Contents: adequate despite inaccuracies, generalizations, minor additions and/or omissions

Language: minor errors concerning spelling, grammar, syntax, lexicon, which don’t affect comprehension. Adequate lexical choices and register

Writing: develops the thesis or objective with at least some relevant details, is organized in a pattern that is, for the most part, clear to the reader and appropriate to the thesis or objective, lack of interferences

 

Good B

24- 27

Contents: very adequate despite a few inaccuracies; generally coherent and complete

Language: correct spelling, grammar, syntax, appropriate lexicon and register

Writing: supports the thesis or objective with well-reasoned arguments supported by specific, concrete, and appropriate details, is effectively organized in a pattern appropriate to the thesis or objective, lack of interferences, self-confident and pleasant

 

Excellent A

28-30L 

Contents: very adequate; complete, coherent and accurate

Language: correct spelling, grammar, syntax, appropriate lexicon and register

Writing: original and thoughtful insight about the work under discussion, thoroughly develops the thesis or objective with well-reasoned arguments supported by specific, concrete, and appropriate details, is organized in a pattern appropriate to the thesis or objective. The organization is clear, logical, and apparent. Lack of interferences, self-confident and pleasant, very adequate.

Teaching tools

PC, Wi-Fi, online TEAMS platform, video/DVD projector, overhead projector

Office hours

See the website of Mariella Lorusso