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The Drowned Muse

  • Livre Relié
  • 390 Nombre de pages
Zusatztext The book is beautifully written and illustrated, and, in its impeccable scholarship and imaginative conception of this ... Lire la suite
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Zusatztext The book is beautifully written and illustrated, and, in its impeccable scholarship and imaginative conception of this absent but very present figure, allows not only a valuable discussion on the Inconnue to emerge, but also one that makes almost tangible the aesthetics of modernity. Informationen zum Autor Anne-Gaëlle Saliot is Assistant Professor at Duke University, where she teaches twentieth-century French literature and cinema. In 2011, she was awarded the Mellon Fellowship for her manuscript on the legacies of literature and on visual representations of the "unknown woman of the Seine." Her additional research interests include French theory of the image (Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Rancière), literature and dance, film studies, and more especially theconnections between filmmakers of the New Wave and the nineteenth century. Klappentext 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 years provides points of negotiation through which to better understand modernity. Zusammenfassung The Drowned Muse is a study of the extraordinary destiny, in the history of European culture, of an object which could seem, at first glance, quite ordinary in the history of European culture. 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. Legend has it that the "Inconnue" drowned herself in Paris at the end of thenineteenth century. The forensic scientist tending to her unidentified corpse at the Paris Morgue was supposedly so struck by her allure that he captured in plaster the contours of her face. This unknown girl, also referred to as "The Mona Lisa of Suicide", has since become the object of an obsessive interest thatstarted in the late 1890s, reached its peak in the 1930s, and continues to reverberate today. Aby Warburg defines art history as "a ghost story for grown-ups." This study is similarly "a ghost story for grown-ups", narrating the aura of a cultural object that crosses temporal, geographical, and linguistic frontiers. It views the "Inconnue" as a symptomatic expression of a modern world haunted by the earlier modernity of the nineteenth century. It investigates how the mask's metamorphoses reflect major shifts in the cultural history of the last two centuries, approaching the "Inconnue"as an entry point to understand a phenomenon characteristic of 20th- and 21st-century modernity: the translatability of media. Doing so, this study mobilizes discourses surrounding the "Inconnue", casting them as points of negotiation through which we may consider the modern age. Inhaltsverzeichnis Introduction; I. DEATH AND THE MAIDEN; 1 Thinking an Image in History and Theory; 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 Magnified Ghost. A Cartography of Survivals; III TRACES OF A METAMORPHOSIS: POPULAR IMAGERY, PHOTOGRAPHY, CINEMA AND THEORY; 6 The Inconnue As Popular Icon; 7 Man Ray and Aurelien: 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; Appendices ...

Auteur
Anne-Gaëlle Saliot is Assistant Professor at Duke University, where she teaches twentieth-century French literature and cinema. In 2011, she was awarded the Mellon Fellowship for her manuscript on the legacies of literature and on visual representations of the "unknown woman of the Seine." Her additional research interests include French theory of the image (Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Rancière), literature and dance, film studies, and more especially the connections between filmmakers of the New Wave and the nineteenth century.

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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 years provides points of negotiation through which to better understand modernity.



Résumé
The Drowned Muse is a study of the extraordinary destiny, in the history of European culture, of an object which could seem, at first glance, quite ordinary in the history of European culture. 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. Legend has it that the "Inconnue" drowned herself in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. The forensic scientist tending to her unidentified corpse at the Paris Morgue was supposedly so struck by her allure that he captured in plaster the contours of her face. This unknown girl, also referred to as "The Mona Lisa of Suicide", has since become the object of an obsessive interest that started in the late 1890s, reached its peak in the 1930s, and continues to reverberate today. Aby Warburg defines art history as "a ghost story for grown-ups." This study is similarly "a ghost story for grown-ups", narrating the aura of a cultural object that crosses temporal, geographical, and linguistic frontiers. It views the "Inconnue" as a symptomatic expression of a modern world haunted by the earlier modernity of the nineteenth century. It investigates how the mask's metamorphoses reflect major shifts in the cultural history of the last two centuries, approaching the "Inconnue" as an entry point to understand a phenomenon characteristic of 20th- and 21st-century modernity: the translatability of media. Doing so, this study mobilizes discourses surrounding the "Inconnue", casting them as points of negotiation through which we may consider the modern age.

Contenu

Introduction; I. DEATH AND THE MAIDEN; 1 Thinking an Image in History and Theory; 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 Magnified Ghost. A Cartography of Survivals; III TRACES OF A METAMORPHOSIS: POPULAR IMAGERY, PHOTOGRAPHY, CINEMA AND THEORY; 6 The Inconnue As Popular Icon; 7 Man Ray and Aurelien: 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; Appendices

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Drowned Muse
Sous-titre: Casting the Unknown Woman of the Seine Across the Tides of Modernity
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Code EAN: 9780198708629
ISBN: 978-0-19-870862-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Art
nombre de pages: 390
Poids: 630g
Taille: H220mm x B148mm x T28mm
Année: 2015

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