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Representing women
Nochlin, Linda.
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London : Thames & Hudson, 1999.
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272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Central Library ND1460.W65 N63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Women - as warriors, workers, mothers, sensual women, even absent mothers - haunt 19th- and 20th-century Western painting. This text brings together Linda Nochlin's most important and pioneering writings on the subject, as she considers work by Miller, Delacroix, Courbet, Degas, Seurat, Cassatt and Kollwitz, among many others. In her partly autobiographical, extended introduction, she argues for the honest virtues of an art history which rejects methodological assumptions, and for art historians who investigate the work before their eyes while focusing on its subject matter, informed by a sensitivity to its feminist spirit.

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Continuing a current trend in self-reflexive works cloaked in art history, Nochlin (New York Univ.) reprints a selection of lectures and previously published essays already familiar to scholars. However, this format will be useful for students. Of considerable interest to educators is a philosophical consideration of research and methodology in her introduction. Nochlin, a self-described "ad-hoc" art historian, prefers Levi-Strauss's "bricolage" approach: the construction of method in light of material and argument. Nochlin's most important contribution has been the "recovery" of once "lost" great women artists--a chronology of the transformation of her scholarship and teaching as a result of her "discovery" of feminism is included in the introduction. The essays have not been modified from their original form, in concordance with Nochlin's wish to "preserve an old text's integrity as a testimony to what one thought . . . at the time it was written." Included are "Gericault: The Absence of Women," "The Image of the Working Woman," "Courbet's Real Allegory: Rereading The Painter's Studio," "Degas and the Subversion of the Family," "Mary Cassatt's Modernity," "Body Politics: Seurat's Poseuses," and "The Myth of the Woman Warrior." General readers; undergraduates through faculty. E. K. Menon; Minnesota State University, Mankato

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