The Spectacular Body: Science, Method, and Meaning in the Work of Degas

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In this handsome book, Anthea Callen deals with issues of sexuality, gender, and visual representation to illuminate the underlying meanings of Degas's depictions of women in his series of bathers, dancers, and prostitutes. She argues that the gender politics of Degas' culture made it inevitable that he represent masculine desire-and anxieties about masculine identity evoked by such desire-through an apparently detached masculine scrutiny of ...
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Overview

In this handsome book, Anthea Callen deals with issues of sexuality, gender, and visual representation to illuminate the underlying meanings of Degas's depictions of women in his series of bathers, dancers, and prostitutes. She argues that the gender politics of Degas' culture made it inevitable that he represent masculine desire-and anxieties about masculine identity evoked by such desire-through an apparently detached masculine scrutiny of the female body.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300054439
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.91 (w) x 10.43 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Physiognomy and Difference 1
The Legible Head 3
Anatomy and Race 8
Anatomy and Class 13
Anatomy and Gender 18
Degas's Little Dancer of Fourteen Years 21
Animal, Vegetable or Mineral? 29
Physiognomy, Gender and Class 31
2 Reviewing Prostitution 36
Prostitution and Marginality 38
Profit Margins 39
Prostitution and Public Hygiene 42
Clandestinity: Crime, Disease and Revolution 44
Prostitution and Class 46
Rebirth of the 'Born' Prostitute 47
Lesbianism, Heterosexuality and Femininity 49
Hysterical Disorder and the 'Femmes folles de leurs corps' 50
Bourgeois Marriage and Sexuality 60
Palaces of Pleasure: the grande tolerance and the Department Store 62
3 The Invisible Man 71
The Monotypes and Bather Pastels 71
Prostitution and the Narratives of Sexual Conquest 75
The Naked and the Nude 84
Sight and Surveillance 89
The Sequestered Perversion 91
The Discourse of Discretion 98
Voyeurism and Sexual Guilt 105
The Keyhole Viewpoint 108
4 Lines of Thought 111
Technique and Difference: Drawing, Colour and Spectacle 112
Light, Colour and Clair-obscur 116
Light and Sight 123
Pastel: Means and Meaning 124
Pastel, Line and Touch 126
5 Hygiene and Dirt - Gaze and Touch 138
Woman as Transgressor 138
The Politics of Hygiene 140
Degas's Bathers: Gaze and Touch 143
Bathers, Gender and Personal Hygiene 144
Pastel, Touche and Gaze 159
The Bathers and the Critics 161
Bathing: the Forbidden Sight and the Gendered Spectator 163
6 Privileged Sights/Sites of Privilege 165
Public Places, Male Spaces 168
Public Sights 175
Public Inconveniences 178
Spectators and Spectacles 180
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman 184
At the Louvre Dissected 189
Method and Meaning: The Function of Sight 193
The Model and the Masquerade 198
Notes 212
Select Bibliography 230
Photographic Credits 236
Index 237
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