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By Richard Leppert

The Nude

The Cultural Rhetoric of the Body in the Art of Western Modernity

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Nude by Richard Leppert

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The Nude explores some of the principal ways that paintings of the nude function in the conflicted terrain of culture and society in Europe and America from the fifteenth through twentieth centuries, as set against questions about human sexuality that emerge around differences of class, gender, age, and race. Author Richard Leppert relates the visual history of how the naked body intersects with the foundational characteristics of what it is to be human, measured against a range of basic emotions (happiness, delight, and desire; fear, anxiety, and abjection) and read in the context of changing social and cultural realities. The bodies comprising the Western nude are variously pleasured or tormented, ecstatic or bored, pleased or horrified. In short, as this volume amply demonstrates, the nude in Western art is a terrain on whose surface is written a summation of Western history: its glory but also its degradation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813343501
ISBN-10: 081334350X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Leppert

Richard Leppert is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. His numerous books include Art and the Committed Eye: The Cultural Functions of Imagery, The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body, and, most recently, Essays on Music, an edition of selected essays by Theodore W. Adorno.

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