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Politics and Aesthetics of the Female Form, 1908-1918

Authors: Williams, Georgina

  • Examines the pictorial representation of women in Great Britain during the decade 1908-1918
  • Assesses the aesthetics related to suffrage, the First World War, advertising and art movements
  • Traces the genealogy of recurring motifs, including William Hogarth's line of beauty, to contemporary visual culture
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About this book

This book examines the pictorial representation of women in Great Britain both before and during the First World War. It focuses in particular on imagery related to suffrage movements, recruitment campaigns connected to the war, advertising, and Modernist art movements including Vorticism. This investigation not only considers the image as a whole, but also assesses tropes and constructs as objects contained within, both literal and metaphorical. In this way visual genealogical threads including the female figure as an ideal and William Hogarth’s 'line of beauty' are explored, and their legacies assessed and followed through into the twenty-first century. Georgina Williams contributes to debates surrounding the deliberate and inadvertent dismissal of women’s roles throughout history, through literature and imagery. This book also considers how absence of a pictorial manifestation of the female form in visual culture can be as important as her presence.

About the authors

Georgina Williams is a writer and artist, and author of Propaganda and Hogarth’s Line of Beauty in the First World War (Palgrave, 2016). Her ongoing research considers how William Hogarth’s line of beauty can be utilised as a mechanism for re-evaluating artworks. She has exhibited paintings and photography, including a continuing photographic project entitled Industrialia.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Women in the Frame

    Williams, Georgina

    Pages 1-15

  • The Reshaping of Society and the Rise of the Avant-Gardes

    Williams, Georgina

    Pages 17-44

  • Inside and Outside the Frame: The Female Figure as Subject and Artist

    Williams, Georgina

    Pages 45-76

  • The Politics of Aesthetics and the Woman Question

    Williams, Georgina

    Pages 77-105

  • From Presence to Absence: Exploiting Female Sexuality in Visual Culture

    Williams, Georgina

    Pages 107-134

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75729-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75728-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and Aesthetics of the Female Form, 1908-1918
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75729-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75729-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75728-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 189
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 illustrations in colour
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