Re-framing Representations of Women: Figuring, Fashioning, Portraiting and Telling in the 'Picturing' Women Project

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Crossing disciplinary and chronological boundaries, this volume integrates text and image, essays and object pages to explore the processes inherent in gender representation, rather than resituating women in particular categories or spheres as other scholarly publications and exhibitions have done. Taking its lead from the 'Picturing' Women project on which it reflects and builds, the volume makes a substantial methodological contribution to the analysis of gender discourse and visuality. It offers new and stimulating scholarship that confronts historical patterns of representation that have defined what women were and are seen to be, and presents new contexts for unveiling what art historian Linda Nochlin has called the 'mixed messages' of representations of women.

Table of Contents

Object pages: picturing
Who's in the picture? A introduction to 'picturing' women
Object pages: figuring
Essay: Figuring the female body
Maudelle Bass: a model body
Figuring as flora
Figuring the national body
Collections essay: Bryn Mawr College suffragette pageants and parades: fashioning a central and socially integrated identity
Object pages: fashioning
Fashioning female identity
Fashioning the female body
Fashioning national character
Essay: Sleeves, purses, spindles: fashioning women in Cesare Vecellio's costume books
Fashioning the 2 faces of Eve: the mask of beauty and fickle fraud
Fashioning woman
Essay: Felt pictures: the phenomenological fabric of Alison Watt's Shift paintings
Object pages: portraiting
Portraiting conventions
Collections essay: Library Company of Philadelphia
Representative portraits of American women writers from the collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia, to which is appended a preliminary checklist
Types and beauties series
Essay: Not-beautiful: a counter-theme in the history of women's portraiture
Essay: Nationalism, lipstick, and kitchen knives: representations of power and society in the case of Vazirani
Object pages: telling
Essay: 'Who told you that lie?': picturing Connie Boswell
Essay 'Red robe: short story': an interview with Merrill Mason, Kelly Mitchell and Merrill Mason
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