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The body in time : figures of femininity in late nineteenth-century France

Author: Tamar Garb
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, ©2008.
Series: University of Kansas Franklin D. Murphy lecture series.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Body in Time looks at two different genres in relation to the construction of femininity in late nineteenth-century France: Degas' representation of ballet dancers and the transforming tradition of female portraiture. Class, gender, power, and agency are at stake in both arenas, but they play themselves out in different ways via different pictorial languages." "Degas' depictions of anonymous young female  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tamar Garb
ISBN: 9780295987934 0295987936
OCLC Number: 217263755
Description: 89 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Temporality & the dancer --
Portraiture & the new woman.
Series Title: University of Kansas Franklin D. Murphy lecture series.
Other Titles: Figures of femininity in late nineteenth-century France
Responsibility: Tamar Garb.
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Looks at two different genres in relation to the construction of femininity in late nineteenth-century France - Degas' representation of ballet dancers and the transforming tradition of female  Read more...

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