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The Female Nude : Art, Obscenity and Sexuality - Lynda Nead

The Female Nude

Art, Obscenity and Sexuality

Paperback Published: 3rd December 1992
ISBN: 9780415026789
Number Of Pages: 184
For Ages: 18 years old

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Anyone who examines the history of Western art must be struck by the prevalence of images of the female body. More than any other subject, the female nude connotes art'. The framed image of a female body, hung on the walls of an art gallery, is an icon of Western culture, a symbol of civilization and accomplishment. But how and why did the female nude acquire this status?
The Female Nude brings together, in an entirely new way, analysis of the historical tradition of the female nude and discussion of recent feminist art, and by exploring the ways in which acceptable and unacceptable images of the female body are produced and maintained, renews recent debates on high culture and pornography.
The Female Nude represents the first feminist survey of the most significant subject in Western art. It reveals how the female nude is now both at the centre and at the margins of high culture. At the centre, and within art historical discourse, the female nude is seen as the visual culmination of enlightenment aesthetics; at the edge, it risks losing its repectability and spilling over into the obscene.

List of Plates
Theorizing the Female Nude
Framing the Female Body
A Discourse on the Naked and the Nude
A Study of Ideal Art
Aesthetics and the Female Nude
Obscenity and the Sublime
Redrawing the Lines
'The Damaged Venus'
The Framework of Tradition
The Lessons of the Life Class
Art Criticism and Sexual Metaphor
Breaking Open the Boundaries
Redrawing the Lines
Cultural Distinctions
Sacred Frontiers
Pure and Motivated Pleasure
Policing the Boundaries
Displaying the Female Body
Erotic Art: A Frame for Desire List of Works Cited
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415026789
ISBN-10: 0415026784
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 3rd December 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1