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Women and the Arts:

Dialogues in Female Creativity

Edited By Diana Almeida

This collection brings together twelve essays that tackle the nexus between gender, literature, and the visual arts. While it provides a philosophical and theoretical background for some of the factors that shape female creativity, it also considers the contributions of particular writers and artists from the late 17th century to the contemporary scene. Mostly focusing on the U.S. context, the articles anthologized here further establish a dialogue with other cultural backgrounds, offering the reader a wider perspective of networks of women artists in several countries. The anthology is grounded in Gender Studies while adopting a transdisciplinary approach that combines a series of theoretical frameworks active in the contemporary academic context, such as ecocriticism, comparative literature, and postcolonial studies.


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Foreword, Diana V. Almeida 7 I. The State of the Art CHRISTINE BATTERSBY ‘By a Woman Wrought’: Do We/Should We Still Care? 15 MÁRCIA OLIVEIRA From Practice to Theory: The Ontological Turn in 1970s Feminist Art 33 II. Photography at the Crossroads SUSANA M. COSTA Gertrude Käsebier – ‘Lady Amateur’ or ‘Advanced Photographer’? The Case of the Tea Party with the Sioux 55 ELISABETE LOPES Francesca Woodman’s Journey into the Gothic Wonderland 71 ANA RAQUEL FERNANDES AND DANIELA GARCIA From D’Aulnoy to Rego and Sherman: Fairy-Tales Revisited 85 III. Visual Arts in Context TERESA BOTELHO Finding an Aesthetic of Her Own: Partnering Identities in the Work of Faith Ringgold 109 GUISELA LATORRE Mestiza Aesthetics: Anzalduan Theories on Visual Arts and Creativity 125 IV. Lyrical Dialogues MONICA PAVANI In the Skin of Another: Rainer Maria Rilke’s, Anne Michaels’ and Sujata Bhatt’s Poems as Embodiments of Paula Modersohn- Becker’s Life and Art 147 JEFFREY CHILDS Family Resemblances: Elizabeth Bishop and Mark Strand 171 MARTA SOARES ‘I Know It Hurts to Burn’: Adrienne Rich’s Body in Pain 179 V. Narrative Strategies ISABEL FERNANDES ALVES Jamaica Kincaid’s Garden of Words 195 ISABEL OLIVEIRA MARTINS Landscapes of Change: Annie Proulx’s Representation of the American West 211 Contributors 225 DIANA V. ALMEIDA Foreword The texts gathered in this volume were originally presented at the international conference Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity in the U.S. and Beyond, co-organized by Paula Elyseu Mesquita and myself in the context of our American Studies research group...

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