The use of clothing as a literary device has been studied by Donald A. Seybold (“Paradox and Symmetry in the Joseph Narrative,” in Kenneth R.R. Gros-Louis et al., eds., Literary Interpretations of Biblical Narratives [Nashville: Abingdon, 1974], pp. 59–73); William L. Moran found similar uses of clothing in ancient Near Eastern texts (“Gilgamesh,” in The Encyclopedia of Religion, vol. 5, pp. 557–560).