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The drowned muse : casting the unknown woman of the Seine across the tides of modernity

Author: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Series: Oxford modern languages and literature monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book is the study of the extraordinary destiny, in the history of European culture, of an object which could, at first glance, seem quite ordinary. It tells the story of a mask, the cast of a young girl's face entitled 'L'Inconnue de la Seine, ' the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and its subsequent metamorphoses as a cultural figure. 'L'Inconnue' names the death mask of a girl who supposedly drowned herself in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
ISBN: 9780198708629 0198708629
OCLC Number: 922717484
Language Note: In English with passages in French.
Description: xiv, 373 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
I. Death and the maiden --
1 Thinking an image in theory and history --
2 'The most poetic topic in the world' --
3 'White Ophelia floats like a great lily' --
II. The dead woman and the palimpsest of the city --
4 The dead woman and the modern city --
5 'The city as a maginified ghost': a cartography og survivials --
III. Traces of a metamorphosis: popular imagery, photography, cinema and theory --
6 The Inconnue as popular icon --
7 Man Ray and Aurélien: when text meets image --
8 'Jellyfish at the cinema...' --
9 'Emanating as if from the depths of a tomb': the Inconnue's philosophical lives --
Conclusion --
Appendix --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Oxford modern languages and literature monographs.
Responsibility: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot.

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The Drowned Muse charts the trajectory of representations of "L'Inconnue de la Seine" in literature and the visual arts since the late 1890s and shows how the mask's metamorphoses track across the  Read more...

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