Help me write my essay about Francesca Woodman
July 26, 2014 3:39 PM Subscribe
I am working on an essay about the photographer Francesca Woodman to submit for consideration to an anthology.
My main argument is that Woodman's work playfully subverts the script of normative femininity (especially her use of nudity).
I have done a lot of reading/viewing on Woodman herself, but I am looking for other texts (and other media is welcome too) that might be helpful.
posted by mermaidcafe to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The biggest gap in my research is that I have been unable to find good readings about the nature of being high femme. I've gotten some queer theory texts on this and gone through my Judith Butler, but nothing has been on point so far. I want readings about how it can be strategic or subversive for women to employ traditional femininity/girlyness/beauty in their lives or their art or both. Can you think of any writings about this?
I have found some good essays on nudity as protest (including one really good essay about political streaking!), but I am still open to more readings. I had a hard time researching nudity on databases because I couldn't seem to find the right keywords to bring up a manageable result pool.
Finally, I am considering the nature of the self-portrait (because FW did so many). I am aware of other photographers who've used self-portraits (namely Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin), but I have yet to find any intriguing critical theory essays about the self-portrait conceptually.
If you have suggestions for readings or other media to seek out on these topics (or anything else you think is relevant to my essay), please do comment or message me. Thank you!