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Being and Becoming Visible

, 288 pages

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August 2010



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Being and Becoming Visible

Women, Performance, and Visual Culture

Spanning geographical, cultural, and methodological boundaries, the essays in Being and Becoming Visible examine female representation in a variety of performative and visual media. Olga M. Mesropova and Stacey Weber-Fève situate the disciplines of visual culture and performance studies within two conceptual frameworks—multicultural and feminist—through the overarching thematic trope of visibility.

The contributors offer a mix of sociohistorical, ethnographic, ideological, postcolonial, and cultural approaches to the study of female representation in performance, visual, and consumer cultures. They examine curatorship, mythological representation of women, the interrelationship of mother and child, domestic gender roles, domestic abuse, and indigenous female representation. The volume includes case studies related to such diverse genres and media as theater, cinema, painting, television, performance activism, and photography from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Instructors in feminist, cultural, and media studies who are looking for global perspectives will find that this fresh and provocative volume encourages students to see new connections among a variety of trends in contemporary scholarship.

Olga M. Mesropova is an associate professor of Russian at Iowa State University. Stacey Weber-Fève is an assistant professor of French at Iowa State University.

"Being and Becoming Visible is a remarkable compilation of previously published articles that examine female representation from feminist perspectives in a variety of performative and visual media across geographical and disciplinary boundaries. The collection is a valuable text for use in courses that focus on visual culture, representation, gender identity, and the media."

"This lucid and highly accessible 'exhibition' of essays attests to the productive cross-pollination between performance studies and visual culture and, more importantly, the ways that feminist scholars have shaped notions of visibility and visuality that animate the interdisciplinary terrain shared by these fields."

"Highly recommended."

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