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The Complete Mayeux

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This interdisciplinary study considers the creation, use and re-evaluation of an imaginary hunchback dwarf - Mayeux - hero of the ... Lire la suite
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Description

This interdisciplinary study considers the creation, use and re-evaluation of an imaginary hunchback dwarf - Mayeux - hero of the July Monarchy. Created as an "anonymous" messenger of criticisms against the government by artists and writers fearful of censorship, the dwarf appeared in literature, prints, decorative art objects, popular chansons and theatrical performances. Mayeux's origins are traced from associations with court fools, carnival clowns and scientific theories such as physiognomy, phrenology and comparative anatomy. His ambiguous personality and shifting meanings are identified through consideration of his multiple users and their individual political stances. The methods for making Mayeux seem "real" and his promotion as a hero are examined, as are the many media in which he existed. His appearance in social and political situations including pornography, censorship, familial relations and governmental structure are documented. A final section considers changes that the meaning of Mayeux underwent when this character was seen in retrospect as a symbol of the July Monarchy, regarded as an embarrassing period in French history. By considering "Mayeux criticism", initiated by Jules Champfleury and Charles Baudelaire, it is possible to see modifications in meaning created by the history itself as it is reconfigured by both historians and art historians for new eras.

Auteur

The Author: Elizabeth K. Menon, assistant professor of Art History at Mankato State University, has published widely on nineteenth-century themes. Her articles have appeared in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, the Art Journal, Source, European Romantic Review, Master Drawings, Studies in the Humanities and soon Nouvelles de l'Estampe and Analecta Husserliana. Dr. Menon's first essay on Mayeux appeared in The Popularization of Images: Visual Culture Under the July Monarchy (1830-1848), Princeton University Press, 1994. The Complete Mayeux evolved out of her doctoral dissertation from the University of Minnesota, 1994. She is currently working on a new book entitled Decadent Addictions: Fashion, Impressionism and the Femme-Fatale.



Résumé
quot;...la figure de Mayeux n'avait pourtant guère suscité d'étude détaillée jusqu'à ce livre, issu d'une thèse, qu'enrichit une abondante iconographie largement commentée par le texte. Cette excellente étude commence par rappeler la formation du personnage de Mayeux, les origines de son nom, ses premières évocations lithographiques en 1829-1830 chez Travlès, Grandville et Philipon, avant d'analyser sa fortune imagée, textuelle et théâtrale, à laquelle Balzac, aussi bien que Daumier, ont porté contribution." (S.L.M., Gazette des beaux-arts)

Contenu

Contents: Mayeux demande à parler - Caricature and Types - Bienvenue chez Mayeux - Mayeux's Popularity and his Audience - Mayeux Collectibles - Thespian Mayeux - Mayeux and July Monarchy Literati - La Création de Mayeux - The Significance of Hunchbacks - Fools, Clowns, Physiognomy and Phrenology, Mayeux en Société, Mayeux and the Middle-Class Professions - Mayeux, Phallicism and Pornography - Mayeux se jette dans la politique - Mayeux, the July Monarchy and the juste milieu - Mayeux, the symbol of the poire and scatology - Mayeux and the Napoleonic Revival under Louis-Philippe - Mayeux and Censorship - Mayeux à suivre - Mayeux in Retrospect: Interpretations of Mayeux to 1991.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Complete Mayeux
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9783906759104
ISBN: 978-3-906759-10-4
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Art
nombre de pages: 436
Poids: 720g
Taille: H220mm x B220mm x T150mm
Année: 1998
Auflage: Neuausg.