1st Edition

On the Nude
Looking Anew at the Naked Body in Art



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ISBN 9780367504595
December 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a timely reappraisal of one of the most enduring subjects in the history of art – the naked body.

Beginning with reflections on what denuding entails and means, the volume then shifts to a consideration of body politics in the context of Black political empowerment, disability, and queer and Indigenous politics of representation. Themes including the animal nude, the male nude, and nudity in childhood are also considered. The final section examines the nude from the perspective of the artist and the artist’s model.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies, screen studies, and trans studies. 

Table of Contents

  1. On the Nude: Addressing Old and New Perspectives
  2. Nicholas Chare and Ersy Contogouris

    Part 1: On Denuding

  3. The Dagenham Idol : A Neolithic Wooden Figurine Denuded
  4. Nicholas Chare and Nathanael Price

  5. Poking Out "the Soft Part": The Raw and the Cooked Body in Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  6. Maria Margaroni

  7. Discursive Blurring in Representations of Classical Rapes and Abductions
  8. Ersy Contogouris

  9. Writing & Nudity: Nelly Arcan and Vanessa Beecroft’s Girls
  10. Martine Delvaux

    Part 2: Body Politics and the Nude

  11. Images of Solace: Looking Beyond Violence in Cassils’s Art
  12. I. Milan Cail

  13. S[H]E: Black Body Politics and Gender
  14. Lisa E. Farrington

  15. Un-shaming the Greenlandic Female Body: The Indigenous Nude in Performance Art
  16. Kirsten Thisted

  17. Watching One’s Back: Self-Portraits of Disabled Women’s Backs as Provocative and Protective
  18. Ann Millet-Gallant

    Part 3: Photography and the Nude

  19. Nan Goldin’s Sag Harbor Pictures
  20. Emma Wilson

  21. Creating a Space and a (Visual) Language in the Work of Laura Aguilar
  22. Ann Marie Leimer

    1. The Animal Nude: Pony Play and Deborah Bright’s Being & Riding Valérie Bienvenue and Nicholas Chare
    2. Part 4: The Male Nude

    3. Queeriosity: Does Hair Have a Gender? Around Del LaGrace Volcano, Daniela Comani, Katarzyna Kozyra, Ana Mendieta, and Cindy Sherman
    4. Frédérique Villemur

    5. Art, Aesthetics and Male Genitalia
    6. Richard Leppert

    7. Imperfect Beauty: Nudity, Classicism, Race, and Homoerotic Desire in the Male Nudes of George Dureau
    8. James Smalls

      Part 5: On Being Nude

    9. A Short Story About a Big Healing (Extracts)
    10. Joanna Frueh

    11. Looking Beyond the Image: Cassils in Conversation with Nicholas Chare and Ersy Contogouris
    12. Cassils

    13. Ways of Connecting with the Secret World behind the Life Model: Sarah R. Phillips in Conversation with Nicholas Chare and Ersy Contogouris
    14. Sarah R. Phillips

    15. Notes Introducing ‘(Unfinished) Soliloquy of a Nude’
    16. Kathleen G. Williamson

    17. (Unfinished) Soliloquy of a Nude

    Joanna Frueh

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    Editor(s)

    Biography

    Nicholas Chare is Professor of Modern Art at the Université de Montréal, Canada. 

    Ersy Contogouris is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Université de Montréal, Canada.