Between the Sign and the Gaze
Between the Sign and the Gaze
Brand: Cornell University Press

Between the Sign and the Gaze

  • Publish Date: 1994-03-28
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Herman Rapaport

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A woman turns into a piece of furniture (Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest); a writer of children's books takes photos of naked little girls (Lewis Carroll); Mont Blanc becomes the maternal breast (Shelley); Hamlet mistakes Ophelia for a phallus (Lacan's Hamlet seminar); and mom turns out to have thermonuclear arms (Laurie Anderson's United States). Reviewing the ways in which women have been fantasized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western culture, Herman Rapaport offers a series of brilliant insights into the concept of the fantasm in modern art.

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