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Display and Disguise

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Edited By Manon Mathias, Maria O'Sullivan and Ruth Vorstman

In a culture increasingly obsessed with the visual, self-image and extreme self-exposure, in which reality is constantly obscured and misrepresented through concealment and spin, the roles display and disguise play in literature, thought and visual culture are particularly prescient. This collection, developed from papers presented at a postgraduate conference in Oxford in September 2008, presents a coherent view of key developments in the notions of display and disguise in French culture and provides a thought-provoking contribution to contemporary criticism. The volume includes essays from both senior researchers and graduate students using close readings and theoretical approaches from the psychoanalytic to the postcolonial. These are arranged in four main sections, dealing with notions of performance, disclosure, illusion and concealment respectively. Drawing on new research in a wide range of periods, in fields including art, photography, theatre, travel writing and the novel, the authors consider the notions of display and disguise in relation to works by artists such as Molière, Flaubert, Proust, Dalí, Vinaver and Sophie Calle.
This volume contains ten contributions in English and one in French.

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9/11 see Vinaver, Michel acting see identity Adorno, Theodor 151, 155, 156, 159 Afghanistan see USA foreign policy Algerian War of Independence 184 America 73 Amerindian tribes 73, 74, 75, 78, 81 ammunition 135–6 androgyny 118 Antarctica 208, 209, 210, 211, 213, 214, 216 archives 67, 68 art erotics of 111 for art’s sake 131, 141, 142 installation art 174–5, 179–80 morality of 154 open meaning of the artwork 145 palliative 165–80 relationship of creator and recipient 146 relationship with kitsch 145–60 the impossible 145–6 the new 154–5 artifice 192–4, 196–7, 201 see also Camp audience 18, 37, 39, 44 audience onstage spectators 21, 23, 25–6 aurality 194–6 Baal 134 ballistae see technology of warfare Barbarian tribes 132, 133–4, 138, 139–42 Battle of the Macar 139–42 Baudelaire, Charles Les Aventures d’Arthur Gordon Pym 206–7 Les Fleurs du Mal 214 Baudrillard, Jean L’Esprit du terrorisme 186 La Société de la consommation 185 Bedouins 132, 142 Benserade, Isaac de: Iphis et Iante 15–16, 22–3, 24, 26–7 Bin Laden, Osama 184, 195, 196, 197–8, 200 bourgeoisie 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 45 Brazil 71, 72, 73, 74 Brecht, Bertolt dislocation 197 La Noce chez les petits bourgeois 34 Verfremdungsef fekte 192, 194 Breton, André 111–15, 118–20 Broch, Hermann 148, 153 Brunelleschi, Fillipo 80–2 Bush, George W. 184, 189, 195, 197–8, 199, 200 Cabourg 168 CalArts, Los Angeles 184...

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