Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places: Rethinking Culture

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In this highly original approach to the study of the construction of culture, this collection of previously unpublished essays explore the topography of the secret and the forbidden, focusing on specific moments in recent cultural and political history. By bringing together writers from different disciplines and different locations, this volume provides a rich and diverse mapping of how the secret and forbidden operate across different subjects and different geographies, extending far beyond physical locations. It is present in domains ranging from language, literature, and cinema to social and political life. This refreshing and thought-provoking collection of essays will prove invaluable for researchers and students.

Fran Lloyd is Head of Art and Design History at Kingston University.

Catherine O'Brien is Senior Lecturer in French and German at Kingston University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571817884
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: Polygons Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 57.50 (w) x 85.00 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Spaces, Places, Sites/Sights of the Secret and Forbidden
1 Walls, Curtains and Screens: Spatio-Sexual Metaphor in the Kagero nikki 3
2 Secrets of the Forbidden Chamber: Bluebeard 17
3 Secrecy and Masquerade in Stendhal 29
4 Thresholds of Desire and Domestic Space in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction 39
5 Women's Sanctuaries and Spatial Transgressions in the Novels of Jean Giraudoux 51
6 Forbidden Desires: Adolescent Sexuality in Jean Cocteau and Antal Szerb 63
7 Quests in a Cupboard 71
8 Human Interiority and the French Enlightenment 85
9 The Hidden World of the Marais 95
10 Making Ideal Histories: The Film Censorship Board in Postwar France 107
11 Forbidden Reality: the Language and Functions of Propaganda 121
12 Walking a Tightrope Over Forbidden Territory: East German Cinema and Evelyn Schmidt's The Bicycle 133
13 Naming and Exclusion: the Politics of Language in Contemporary France 145
14 Cobwebby States, Chilled Vaults? The Nation State in Contemporary Irish Feminist Poetry 155
15 The Virtual Intersection: a Meditation on Domestic Virtue 170
16 'Anxious Performances': Aestheticism, the Art Gallery and the Ambulatory Geographies of Late Nineteenth-Century London 185
17 You Want to See? Well, take a look at this! Ethical Vision, Disembodiment and Light in Marcel Duchamp's 201
18 Lost in Space Between East and West: Roots Behind the Iron Curtain 217
19 Making Spaces Visible: Alison Wilding's Early Sculpture 231
20 Hidden Spaces and Public Places: Women, Memory and Contemporary Monuments - Jenny Holzer and Rachel Whiteread 247
Conclusion: Rethinking Culture 261
Notes on Contributors 263
Bibliography 267
Index 285
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