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    Women and the modelling of Victorian sculptural discourse

    Fraser, Hilary (2017) Women and the modelling of Victorian sculptural discourse. Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation 33 (1-2), pp. 1-20. ISSN 0197-3762.

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    This article focuses on a selection of nineteenth-century female art critics and connoisseurs who were prominent art writers of their day but whose contribution to the critical history of sculpture has since fallen out of view. I argue that women modeled a sculptural discourse that was distinctive, often personally driven and biographically inflected, and gendered. They deployed various forms of life writing – biography, autobiography, memoir, personal reminiscence, Bildungsroman, letters, gallery journals – as a vehicle for connoisseurship about sculpture. Cosmopolitan in outlook, they understood the importance of personal networks in both the production and the reception of art. Furthermore, female writers responded to the corporeal connections between viewers, models and figurative sculpture in their work. Writing about the three-dimensional representation of the human body in sculptural form enabled women to comment obliquely on issues such as female creativity, sexuality and education.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Women, Nineteenth Century, Sculpture, Life Writing, Art History, Criticism
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Hilary Fraser
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 10:10
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 15:48


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