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Portrait Stories

Michal Peled Ginsburg


What makes stories about portraits so gripping and unsettling? Portrait Stories argues that it is the ways they articulate the relation between subjectivity and representation. While in pre-nineteenth-century stories the portrait is presented as an unambiguous token of its subject’s already established identity, the stories discussed in this book show subjectivity to be inseparable from representation. At the same time, portraiture highlights the way representation is inflected by particular interests and power relations, often determined by gender as well as class. It is thus in relation to ... More

Keywords: Portrait, Subjectivity, Representation, Power, Gender, Painter, Sitter, Viewer, Seeing, reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823262601
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michal Peled Ginsburg, author
Northwestern University