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In viewing women artists’ work in our class, the theme of embodiment (specifically, the female body) recurs several times. Do you have a position on why this might be? Or, did this particular theme hold particular meaning to you? Why? And, based on which readings/themes/artists? Drawing upon the readings (and, if pertinent, artists) you feel best make your case, address why you think that pleasure, sexuality and/or gender identity remain such politically-charged issues in feminist thought, and if/how they inform your own feminism.
The following three articles are posted to you under ASSIGNMENTS in Isidore. Choose ONE article, summarize and provide your own informed response.
Fashion, Representation, Femininity
Author(s): Caroline Evans and Minna Thornton
Source: Feminist Review, No. 38 (Summer, 1991)
Source: Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2 (1995), pp. 18-32
An Infinite Play of Empty Mirrors: Women Surrealism, and Self-Representation
Author: Whitney Chadwick
Source: Viewpoints: Readings in Art History, pp. 305-325
Editor: Carole Gold Calo
Objects Beyond Objecthood
Author: Briony Fer
Source: Oxford Art Journal 22:2, 1999, pp. 25-36
In these readings we examine in what ways gender is constructed through specific corporeal acts, and what possibilities exist for the cultural transformation of gender through such acts.
In viewing women artists’ work in our class, the theme of embodiment (specifically, the female body) recurs several times.