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Description - Being Gorgeous by Jacki Willson

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 misbehaviour 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781780762845
ISBN-10: 1780762844
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publish Date: 9-Jun-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jacki Willson

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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