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University of Pretoria

1. Van Rensburg, Thelma. Uneasy bodies femininity and death : representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks.

Degree: MA, Visual Arts, 2017, University of Pretoria

This mini-dissertation serves as a framework for my own creative practice. In this research paper my intention is to explore, within a feminist reading, representations of the female corpse in fashion photography and art. The cultural theorist Stuart Hall's theories on the concept of representation are utilised to critically analyse and interogate selected images from fashion magazines, which depicts the female corpse in an idealised way. Such idealisation manifests in Western culture, in fashion magazines, as expressed in depictions of the attractive/ seductive/fine-looking female corpse. Fashion photographs that fit this description are critically contrasted and challenged to selected artworks by Penny Siopis and Marlene Dumas, alongside my own work, to explore how the female corpse can be represented, as strategy to undermine the aesthetic and cultural objectification of the female body. Here the study also explores the selected artists' utilisation of the abject and the grotesque in relation to their use of artistic mediums and modes of production as an attempt to create ambiguous and conflicting combinations of attraction and repulsion (the sublime aesthetic of delightful horror), thereby confronting the viewer with the notion of the objectification of the decease[d] feminine body as object to-be-looked-at. This necessitated the inclusion of seminal theories developed by the French theorist, Julia Kristeva (1982) on the abject and the Russian theorist, Mikhail Bakhtin (1968) on the grotesque. Advisors/Committee Members: Thom, Johan (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Female corpse; Forensic science; Gendering of death; Marlene Dumas; UCTD

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APA (6th Edition):

Van Rensburg, T. (2017). Uneasy bodies femininity and death : representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks. (Masters Thesis). University of Pretoria. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60434

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Van Rensburg, Thelma. “Uneasy bodies femininity and death : representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks.” 2017. Masters Thesis, University of Pretoria. Accessed December 07, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60434.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Van Rensburg, Thelma. “Uneasy bodies femininity and death : representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks.” 2017. Web. 07 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Van Rensburg T. Uneasy bodies femininity and death : representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2017. [cited 2019 Dec 07]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60434.

Council of Science Editors:

Van Rensburg T. Uneasy bodies femininity and death : representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks. [Masters Thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60434

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