Description : In this beautifully illustrated and provocative study, Bridget Elliott and Jo-Ann Wallace reappraise women's literary and artistic contribution to Modernism. Through comparative case studies, including Natalie Barney, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Gertrude Stein, the authors examine the ways in which women responded to Modernism and created their artistic identity, and how their work has been positioned in relation to that of men. Bringing together women's studies, visual arts and literature, Women Writers and Artists makes an important contribution to 20th century cultural history. It puts forward a powerful case against the academic division of cultural production into departments of Art History and English Studies, which has served to marginalize the work of female Modernists.
Description : In this volume, women historians probe the dilemmas and complexities of writing about the woman artist, past and present. Singular women proposes a new feminist investigation of the history of art by considering how a historian's theoretical approach affects the way in which research progresses and stories are told. These thirteen essays on specific artists, from the Renaissance to the present day, address their work and history to examine how each has been inserted into or left out of the history of art. The artists referred to are: Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Clementina Hawarden, Sally Mann, Harriet Power, Mary Cassatt, Jessie Willcox Smith, Florine Stettheimer, Jo Hopper, Eleanor Agnes Raymond, Elizabeth Catlett, Nancy Spero, Carolee Schneemann, Louise Bourgeois, and Francesca Woodman.
Description : In literary works by women authors ranging from Mme de Stael, George Eliot, and Anna Banti, to contemporary writers Alice Munro and Grace Paley, Deborah Heller examines how women writers over the past two centuries have represented the challenges of being both a woman and an artist. Literary Sisterhoods examines the untold connections between the woman author and her subject, between woman authors, and among women artists the world over. Heller teases out a convincing assertion of sisterhoods for a diverse range of authors and works despite the differences of the cultures and eras they represent. Heller's book builds on feminist criticism and scholarship that has helped make us aware of the distinctive perspectives on female experience revealed in women's writing. Literary Sisterhoods explores how women authors construct their female protagonists' quests for creative self-expression. Situating these narrative journeys in their own times and cultures, Heller shows how they contribute to a common tradition that speaks to readers today.
Description : Writing the Woman Artistis a collection of essays that explore the ways women writers portray women painters, sculptors, writers, and performers.
Description : This book is the first sustained study of a corpus of writings by women art critics active in nineteenth-century France that have all but “vanished” from the historical record. Written by scholars in art history and in literature, the essays employ a variety of interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies to study the women’s reception of specific artworks and aesthetic movements in the nineteenth century, the intersections of aesthetics and politics in their essays, and their rhetorical strategies and literary styles.
Description : This anthology contains nine stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) that dramatize the dilemmas and strategies of the first generation of American women writers to see themselves as artists. As the great-niece of James Fenimore Cooper and the intimate friend of Henry James, Woolson was acutely conscious of her situation as a woman writer. Her stories offer answers to her own urgent questions: "Why do literary women break down so?" At the same time, they demonstrate that women's struggles with patriarchal culture and with their own womanhood could be a source of distunctive female art. Woolson's early stories are witty and incisive critiques of those conventions of literary Romanticism that encode women's marginality. Set in the wilderness that surrounded the Great Lakes, these stories revise male literary texts to clear a space where women's voices can be heard. In a group of stories set in the post-Civil War south, women artists are shown as exiles both away from their homes and from themselves. One superb tale, "Felipa," pairs a repressed woman artist with a wild child who rejects both patriarchal religion and approved heterosexual behavior. Woolson here explores the possibility of a collaboration between female wildness and female form of control. Stories written during Woolson's years in Europe confront woman artists with successful male writers and critics who resemble Henry James. These carefully crafted stories reflect James's mixed impact on women artists: as a model literary realist and as a subtle denigrator of women's talent. Joan Weimar's introduction uses unpublished letters to reconstruct and interpret Wool's life and her probable suicide. It places Woolson in the male and female literary traditions of her time and offers extended analysis of the stories.
Description : The tiny Canadian hamlet of Cape Dorset, just south of the Arctic Circle, has been known since the late 1950s as the capital of Inuit art, thanks to the community’s many talented artists. Here, 12 female artists and writers reflect on a way of life that is now threatened. Each has a story to tell — of growing up female in a harsh environment, of adapting to new cultures and learning the nuances of familiar ways, of learning new art forms through which to portray the best, and worst, of their extraordinary lives. Interwoven with vivid images of a unique culture and a stern landscape are the women’s thoughtful comments on their creative inspirations. Each speaks her concerns with energy, channelling her passions through art that is at once subtle and bold, delicate in detail yet forceful. Two hundred illustrations, over 50 in full color, depict the artists’ striking graphics, sculpture, and jewelry.
Description : Profiles more than 150 women artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the American West, offers fifteen interpretive essays, and includes nearly three hundred reproductions of their works.