Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places: Rethinking Culture

Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places: Rethinking Culture

by Fran Lloyd, Catherine O'Brien
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571817883

ISBN-13: 9781571817884

Pub. Date: 06/01/2001

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

In this highly original approach to the study of the construction of culture, this collection of previously unpublished essays explore the topography of the secret and the forbidden, focusing on specific moments in recent cultural and political history.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

Overview

In this highly original approach to the study of the construction of culture, this collection of previously unpublished essays explore the topography of the secret and the forbidden, focusing on specific moments in recent cultural and political history.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571817884
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Series:
Polygons Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
57.50(w) x 85.00(h) x 7.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsx
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introduction: Spaces, Places, Sites/Sights of the Secret and Forbiddenxv
Part IThe Literary Spaces of Desire
1.Walls, Curtains and Screens: Spatio-Sexual Metaphor in the Kagero nikki3
2.Secrets of the Forbidden Chamber: Bluebeard17
3.Secrecy and Masquerade in Stendhal29
4.Thresholds of Desire and Domestic Space in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction39
5.Women's Sanctuaries and Spatial Transgressions in the Novels of Jean Giraudoux51
6.Forbidden Desires: Adolescent Sexuality in Jean Cocteau and Antal Szerb63
7.Quests in a Cupboard71
Part IIPolitics of the Forbidden
8.Human Interiority and the French Enlightenment85
9.The Hidden World of the Marais95
10.Making Ideal Histories: The Film Censorship Board in Postwar France107
11.Forbidden Reality: the Language and Functions of Propaganda121
12.Walking a Tightrope Over Forbidden Territory: East German Cinema and Evelyn Schmidt's The Bicycle133
13.Naming and Exclusion: the Politics of Language in Contemporary France145
14.Cobwebby States, Chilled Vaults? The Nation State in Contemporary Irish Feminist Poetry155
Part IIIVisual Spaces Embodied Places
15.The Virtual Intersection: a Meditation on Domestic Virtue170
16.'Anxious Performances': Aestheticism, the Art Gallery and the Ambulatory Geographies of Late Nineteenth-Century London185
17.You Want to See? Well, take a look at this! Ethical Vision, Disembodiment and Light in Marcel Duchamp's Etant Donnes201
18.Lost in Space Between East and West: Roots Behind the Iron Curtain217
19.Making Spaces Visible: Alison Wilding's Early Sculpture231
20.Hidden Spaces and Public Places: Women, Memory and Contemporary Monuments--Jenny Holzer and Rachel Whiteread247
Conclusion: Rethinking Culture261
Notes on Contributors263
Bibliography267
Index285

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