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The Spectacular Body

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Part 1 Physiognomy and difference: the legible head; anatomy and race; anatomy and class; anatomy and gender; Degas's "Little Dancer of 14 Years"; animal, vegetable or mineral?; physiognomy, gender and class. Part 2 Reviewing prostitution: prostitution and marginality; profit margins, prostitution and public hygiene; clandestinity, prostitution and class rebirth of the "born" prostitute; lesbianism, heterosexuality and femininity; hysterical disorder, bourgeois marriage and sexuality; palaces of pleasure; "maisons de tolerance du commerce". Part 3 The invisible man: the monotypes and bather pastels; prostitution and the narratives of sexual conquest; the naked and the nude; sight and surveillance; the sequestered perversion; the discourse of discretion; voyeurism and sexual guilt; the keyhole viewpoint. Part 4 Lines of thought: technique and difference; drawing, colour and spectacle light; colour and chiaroscuro; light and sight pastel; means and meaning; pastel, line and touch. Part 5 Gaze and touch/hygiene and dirt: woman as transgressor; the politics of hygiene; Degas's "Bathers" - gaze and touch; bathers, gender and personal hygiene; pastel, touche and gaze; the "Bathers" and the critics; bathing - the forbidden sight and the gendered spectator. Part 6 Privileged sights/sites of privilege: public place, male space; public sites, public inconveniences; spectators and spectacles; portrait of the artist as a young woman; "At the Louvre" Dissected; method and meaning - the function of sight; the model and the masquerade.

About the Author

Anthea Callen is lecturer in art history at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

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