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Mythology and Misogyny: The Social Discourse of Nineteenth-Century British Classical-Subject Painting
19th century British classical subject or mythological paintings have traditionally been viewed as little more than decorative canvases. In this work, the author claims these paintings are something more - an integral part of a broad-based value system that reinforced patriarchal dominance by inculcating misogynistic and gynophobic attitudes among the broad public.
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by University of Wisconsin Press
(first published 1989)
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Scholar, where is thy editor? Or reader, where is thy patience? Some repetition (of the phrase "social discourse" in particular), and fairly relentless listings of paintings, not to mention black-and-white plates only, somewhat mar the bracing impact (akin to pleasure, but more like disgust) of this recent history of female enslavement under the law. If ever a species deserved a (gender-selective?) meteor...! This tome will make you angry, and with patience instruct and reward with a more adult ...more