Symptom of Beauty / Edition 1

Symptom of Beauty / Edition 1

by Francette Pacteau
     
 

ISBN-10: 094846254X

ISBN-13: 9780948462542

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

For a woman in the Western world, there is no escaping beauty. Either she possesses it, or she lacks it. If she lacks it, she may hope to gain it. If she already has it, she will certainly lose it. But what is "it"? Not an objective thing, Francette Pacteau tells us, but a generic term for an unspecifiable number of psychological experiences in the mind of the

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Overview

For a woman in the Western world, there is no escaping beauty. Either she possesses it, or she lacks it. If she lacks it, she may hope to gain it. If she already has it, she will certainly lose it. But what is "it"? Not an objective thing, Francette Pacteau tells us, but a generic term for an unspecifiable number of psychological experiences in the mind of the observer. What these experiences are, what causes them, and how they manifest themselves as a notion of beauty is the subject of this book.

Less interested in the contingent object of desire than the fantasy that frames it, Pacteau considers the staging of the aesthetic emotion. Her analysis extends from the Classical ideals of beauty, through Renaissance poetry to the recent formulations of Hollywood. Her book is an ambitious attempt to describe the mise-en-scène of beauty within a particular field of representations – that of the beauty of a woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780948462542
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction : more than a woman
1. The portrait of Laura
2. The imaginary companion
3. Shattered beauty
4. The girl of the Golden Mean
5. Woman as hieroglyph
6. Dark continent
7. Skin deep
8. Love at last sight
9. Mirror, mirror...
Images
References
Select Bibliography

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