HIS OTHER HALF: Men Looking at Women through Art.

Lesser, Wendy.

ISBN 10: 0674392108 / ISBN 13: 9780674392106
Published by Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991. dj, 1991
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A study which ranges from Dickens and Henry James's portrayals of women through Degas, photographer Cecil Beaton, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe and more. Photographs,SIGNED on the title page. Bibliography, index. 294 pages. Near fine in a good dustjacket (small peeled spot on front cover of dj, short closed tear, other minor edgewear to dj). Bookseller Inventory # 63677

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Title: HIS OTHER HALF: Men Looking at Women through...

Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991. dj

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Wendy Lesser counters the reigning belief that male artists inevitably misrepresent women. She builds this case through inquiry into many unexpected and delightfully germane subjects - Marilyn Monroe's walk, for instance, or the dwarf manicurist Miss Mowcher in "David Copperfield", or the shoulder blades of Degas's bathers. Placing such particulars within the framework of Plato's myth of the divided beings and psychoanalytic concepts of narcissism, Lesser sets before us an art that responds to and even attempts to overcome division. By following a developmental, rather than historical, sequence, the book uncovers startling correspondences and fresh insights. It begins by considering Dickens, Lawrence, Harold Brodkey, Peter Handke, and John Berger on the subject of mothers; turns to Degas and the Victorian novelist George Gissing to examine the figure of woman alone, and then to Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock for their perspectives on the battle between the sexes; and then looks at the poetry of Randall Jarrell, the fashion photographs of Cecil Beaton, and the range of artworks inspired by Marilyn Monroe to investigate the central idea of woman as the artist's mirror and secret self. A chapter on Barbara Stanwyck returns us to an essential premise - that art transcends gender boundaries, that the masculine and the feminine coexist within each individual psyche.

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Wendy Lesser is editor of The Threepenny Review.

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