Revealing Bodies, Unveiling Representations

by Kathryn Banks (Volume editor) Joseph Harris (Volume editor)
©2004 Conference proceedings 202 Pages
Series: Modern French Identities, Volume 29


The notion of «exposure» underlies much modern thinking about identity, representation, ethics, desire and sexuality. This provocative notion is explored in a collection of essays selected from, and inspired by, the proceedings of a conference held in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge in 2002. The authors engage with exposure as both object and mode of representation in a range of cultural media: literature, critical theory, visual art and film. They analyse a variety of works from the medieval, early-modern, and modern periods, examining not only canonical texts such as Montaigne’s Essais but also lesser-studied works such as the psychoanalytic theory of Didier Anzieu, the photomontage self-portraits of Claude Cahun, and the novel La Nouvelle Pornographie by Marie Nimier. This volume thus both illustrates and, more importantly, interrogates the richness of the term «exposure», in a way that is stimulating for students and researchers alike.


ISBN (Softcover)
Französisch Körper (Motiv) Kongress Cambridge (2002) visual art identity women's writing human body ethics psychoanalysis Literatur critical theory Identität (Motiv)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2004. 202 pp., 4 ill.

Biographical notes

Kathryn Banks (Volume editor) Joseph Harris (Volume editor)

The Editors: Kathryn Banks is completing her Ph.D. thesis at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and will take up a post as lecturer in sixteenth-century French at King’s College, London. Her Ph.D. thesis examines representations of space and the subject in French love lyric and philosophical poetry of the sixteenth century. Joseph Harris is a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. His Ph.D. research was on cross-dressing in seventeenth-century French literature and culture, and he is currently working on desire and sexuality in eighteenth-century France.


Title: Exposure