Titel: Imaging American Women: Ideas and Ideals in ...
Verlag: Columbia University Press 1987
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"A brilliant, truly innovative work that draws on contemporary philosophy in order to understand and interpret female representation at the turn of the century... The tone of the interpretations is remarkable, full of subtle humor and joyful precision...An example of cultural history of the first order." - Werner Sollors, Harvard University "Although the book no doubt has an important role to lpay on the best level of women's studies, its major function is as a cultural document of an extended and ambitious sort...The project as taken on by Banta is enormous and elegantly executed, its range-from philosophical background in semiotics, through history, cultural history, art criticism, literary criticism, and first-rate commentary on popular culture-is in fact beyond the capacities of most Americanists writing at present." - Elizabeth Dipple, Northwestern UniversityFrom Library Journal:
Examining American art and culture, 1876-1918, Banta discovers that ideas such as the "American Girl" colored female life. Even more interestingly, the period's aggressive nationalism was largely codified in female formsLiberty, Republic, Columbia, etc. Banta clarifies semiotics with examples, explains the conventions that make it possible to "read" a painting, and uses a wide range of sources: Christy and Gibson illustrations, society portraits, advertisements, posters, drawing texts, gravestones, family photographs. Less driven by its thesis than Bram Dijkstra's Idols of Perversity: fantasies of feminine evil in fin-de-siecle culture (Oxford, 1986), this is a splendid complement. Both reveal the rewards of using art to explore cultural values. Sally Mitchell, English Dept., Temple Univ., Philadelphia
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