Maternal Bodies in the Visual Arts (Paperback)Rosemary Betterton (author)
Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 31/05/2018
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Maternal bodies in the visual arts brings images of the maternal and pregnant body into the centre of art-historical enquiry. By exploring religious, secular and scientific traditions as well as contemporary art practices, it shows the power of visual imagery in framing our understanding of maternal bodies and affirming or contesting prevailing maternal ideals. The book reassesses historical models and, in drawing on original case studies, shows how visual practices by artists may offer the means of reconfiguring the maternal. It will appeal to students, academics and researchers in art history, gender studies and cultural studies, as well as to general readers interested in the maternal and visual culture.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
'This book treads delicately between historical analysis ofthe visualisation of the maternal and an embodied experience of looking. It isvital for any visual artist, historian or social scientist seeking therehabilitation of the maternal into art history and the practice ofaesthetics.' Hermione Wiltshire,artist and Senior Tutor in Photography, Royal College of Art 'Betterton provides a dazzlingly erudite topography ofmaternal bodies across history and the western world, ranging from the sacredto the profane, from the public to the private and the dis/abled and "out ofplace" to culturally entrenched norms.' Cathy McClive, BenWeider Chair in French Revolutionary Studies, Associate Professor in History,Florida State University 'Maternal bodies is a rich and much needed account of thematernal and what may appear on the surface. It speaks of the artists who havechallenged and given voice to this important experience and summons a forcefulbank of representation and image through its visual intensity and dialogue.' Helen Knowles,artist and Curator/Director of the Birth Rites Collection -- .
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