Whose beauty? Women, art, and inter-subjectivity in Luce Irigaray’s writings

Robinson, Hilary (2000) Whose beauty? Women, art, and inter-subjectivity in Luce Irigaray’s writings. In: Beauty Matters. Brand, Peg Zeglin, ed. Indiana University Press, pp. 224-251. ISBN 9780253213754

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Abstract

[Summary of the book containing this chapter:] Beauty has captured human interest since before Plato, but how, why, and to whom does beauty matter in today's world? Whose standard of beauty motivates African Americans to straighten their hair? What inspires beauty queens to measure up as flawless objects for the male gaze? Why does a French performance artist use cosmetic surgery to remake her face into a composite of the master painters' version of beauty? How does beauty culture perceive the disabled body? Is the constant effort to remain young and thin, often at considerable economic and emotional expense, ethically justifiable? Provocative essays by an international group of scholars discuss aesthetics in aesthetics, the arts, the tools of fashion, the materials of decoration, and the big business of beautification--beauty matters--to reveal the ways gender, race, and sexual orientation have informed the concept of beauty and driven us to become more beautiful. Here, Kant rubs shoulders with Calvin Klein. Beauty Matters draws from visual art, dance, cultural history, and literary and feminist theory to explore the values and politics of beauty. Various philosophical perspectives on ethics and aesthetics emerge from this penetrating book to determine and reveal that beauty is never disinterested.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Visual Culture and Curating cluster
Item ID: 12922
Depositing User: Hilary Robinson
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2014 06:35
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 12:09
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12922

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