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For a woman in the Western world, there's no escaping beauty. She has it or she doesn't. If she doesn't, she may hope to gain it. If she already has it, she will certainly lose it. But what is "it"? Not a singular thing, Francette Pacteau tells us, but a generic term for an unspecifiable number of disparate experiences. What these experiences are, what they mean, how they manifest themselves as a notion of beauty is the subject of Pacteau's book, an intriguing psychoanalytic study of beauty that looks into the eye of the beholder and into the mind conjuring behind it. Her book is an ambitious attempt to describe the mise-en-scène of beauty within a particular field of representations; that of the beauty of a woman.

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For a woman in the Western world, there's no escaping beauty. She has it or she doesn't. If she doesn't, she may hope to gain it. If she already has it, she will certainly lose it. But what is "it"? Not a singular thing, Francette Pacteau tells us, but a generic term for an unspecifiable number of disparate experiences. What these experiences are, what they mean, how they manifest themselves as a notion of beauty is the subject of Pacteau's book, an intriguing psychoanalytic study of beauty that looks into the eye of the beholder and into the mind conjuring behind it. Her book is an ambitious attempt to describe the mise-en-scè ne of beauty within a particular field of representations; that of the beauty of a woman.

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mise-en-scè ne of beauty within a particular field of representations; that of the beauty of a woman.

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Francette Pacteauholds a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship and is Research Associate in Art History, <>University of California, Santa Cruz.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674859876
Author:
Pacteau, Francette
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Pacteau, Francett
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Feminism and the arts
Subject:
Commercial - General
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and the arts
Subject:
Men -- Psychology.
Subject:
Feminine beauty
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Graphic Arts - Commercial & Corporate
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 203-232.
Series:
Essays in Art & Culture
Series Volume:
ch. C
Publication Date:
19940531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.63 lb

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"Synopsis" by , For a woman in the Western world, there's no escaping beauty. She has it or she doesn't. If she doesn't, she may hope to gain it. If she already has it, she will certainly lose it. But what is "it"? Not a singular thing, Francette Pacteau tells us, but a generic term for an unspecifiable number of disparate experiences. What these experiences are, what they mean, how they manifest themselves as a notion of beauty is the subject of Pacteau's book, an intriguing psychoanalytic study of beauty that looks into the eye of the beholder and into the mind conjuring behind it. Her book is an ambitious attempt to describe the mise-en-scè ne of beauty within a particular field of representations; that of the beauty of a woman.
"Synopsis" by , mise-en-scè ne of beauty within a particular field of representations; that of the beauty of a woman.
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