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The Resource Eyes of love : the gaze in English and French culture, 1840-1900, Stephen Kern

Eyes of love : the gaze in English and French culture, 1840-1900, Stephen Kern

Label
Eyes of love : the gaze in English and French culture, 1840-1900
Title
Eyes of love
Title remainder
the gaze in English and French culture, 1840-1900
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Kern
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Stephen Kern has discovered in Pre-Raphaelite and Impressionist art a recurring pattern for arranging the sexes: a profiled man gazing at a woman who looks away from him and toward the viewer, while she ponders an apparent offer. Kern draws on such images to challenge the claim of some feminist critics and historians that gazing men monopolize subjectivity and turn women into sex objects. So intent are these writers on viewing women as victims of the male gaze that they ignore the lively expressions of women, who in fact reveal a commanding subjectivity. Compared with the eyes of men, women's eyes are more visible, consider more varied thoughts, and convey more profound, if not more intense, emotions. An authoritative and highly original survey of European art and literature, Eyes of Love also challenges another widely held belief. While a double standard has clearly governed how society judged the sexes, Eyes of Love convincingly demonstrates that a single moral standard governed how men and women in love judged one another and that women were more committed to it. Victorian women were thus more moral in loving, because they were more faithful, honest, and resolved to make love flourish. Kern further interprets men's highlighting the eyes of women as confessional of men's own romantic failures and celebratory of women's superior capacity for love. He supports these startling interpretations of Rossetti, Millais, Hunt, Burne-Jones, Tissot, Renoir, Manet, Degas, and Gauguin with evidence from novels by Hugo, Flaubert, Zola, Dickens, C. Bronte, Gaskell, Eliot, Hardy, and James
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kern, Stephen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NX652.W6
LC item number
K47 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women in art
  • Gaze
  • Arts, English
  • Arts, French
  • Arts, English
  • Arts, Modern
  • Arts, French
  • Arts, Modern
Label
Eyes of love : the gaze in English and French culture, 1840-1900, Stephen Kern
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Meeting -- 2. Recreation -- 3. Working -- 4. The Nude -- 5. Prostitution -- 6. Seduction -- 7. Rescue -- 8. Marriage
Control code
33948147
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780814746868
Lccn
95052336
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Eyes of love : the gaze in English and French culture, 1840-1900, Stephen Kern
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Meeting -- 2. Recreation -- 3. Working -- 4. The Nude -- 5. Prostitution -- 6. Seduction -- 7. Rescue -- 8. Marriage
Control code
33948147
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780814746868
Lccn
95052336
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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