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Representing the Subject. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1905010
- September 2008
- 168 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
1. Representing the Subject explores the work of a
sample of twentieth century verbal and visual artists
who challenge Western constructions of “the self” and
“Woman” in their innovative self-representations.
These artists include: Gertrude Stein (1874-1946),
Claude Cahun (1894-1954), Zora Neale Hurston
(1901-1960), Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Lyn Hejinian
(b. 1941), Gloria Anzaldúa (b. 1942), Cindy Sherman
(b. 1954) and Ruth Behar (b. 1956). For many, the
abundance of self-representations produced by women
in the twentieth century reinforces the stereotype
that women cannot help being autobiographical. Much
of the work discussed in this book, however,
transcends the personal sphere and extends into the
realm of cultural critique. Self-representational
works allow the creator to occupy dual positions, as
both subject and object; this provides a unique
insight into the self/Other dynamic that makes
subjectivity possible. Representing the Subject
investigates how the aforementioned artists
understand the constitution of subjectivity, more
than just their particular experience of subjectivity.
Corinne Andersen completed her Ph.D. in comparative literature at
the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She is currently
an assistant professor of English at Peace College in Raleigh,
North Carolina. Her interests include: world literature, film,
poetry, women’s autobiography, and the interrelationship of the arts.