Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic

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Manchester University Press, 1992 - 460 páginas
In 1846, Edgar Allen Poe wrote that 'the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetic topic in the world'. The conjuction of death, art and femininity forms a rich and disturbing strata of Western culture, explored here in fascinating detail by Elisabeth Bronfen. Her examples range from Carmen to Little Nell, from Wuthering Heights to Vertigo, from Snow White to Frankenstein. The text is richly illustrated throughout with thirty-seven paintings and photographs.

The argument that this book presents is that narrative and visual representations of death can be read as symptoms of our culture and because the feminine body is culturally constructed as the superlative site of "other" and "not me", culture uses art to dream the deaths of beautiful women.
 

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Índice

The lady vanishes
15
From animate body to inanimate text
57
Deathbed scenes
76
Bodies on display
95
Noli me videre
141
Case study Wife to Mr RossettiElizabeth Siddall 182962
168
Strategies of translation mitigation and exchange
179
Stabilising the ambivalence of repetition
253
Risky resemblances
324
Spectral stories
349
Case study Henrys sisterAlice James 184892
384
Conclusion Aporias of resistance
393
Bibliography
436
Sources of epigraphs
453
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Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich

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