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Being Gorgeous
Author: Jacki Willson

ISBN: 9781780762845
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15 June 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.4 x 1.1
Description:
Being Gorgeous explores the ways in which extravagance, flamboyance and dressing up can open up possibilities for women to play around anarchically with familiar stereotypical tropes of femininity. This is protest through play -a pleasurable misbehavior that reflects a feminism for the twenty-first century. Willson discusses how, whether through pastiche, parody or pure pleasure, artists, artistes and indeed the spectators themselves can operate in excess of the restrictive images which saturate our visual culture. By referring to a wide spectrum of examples, including Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, Matthew Barney, Dr. Sketchy's, Audacity Chutzpah, Burly Q and Carnesky's Ghost Train, Being Gorgeous demonstrates how contemporary female performers embody, critique and thoroughly relish their own representation by inappropriately re-appropriating femininity.

About the Author

Jacki Willson is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, London. She is the author of The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque (I.B. Tauris, 2008).

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