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The Body of Ambivalence: The ‘Alive, Yet Dead’ Portrait in the Nineteenth Century


Munforte, Patrizia (2015). The Body of Ambivalence: The ‘Alive, Yet Dead’ Portrait in the Nineteenth Century. Colchester: School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex.

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This paper is particularly concerned with ‘alive, yet dead’ portraits in the nineteenth century and how these images can invite specific readings.
Extraordinary about this type of portrait photography is that it shows the dead sitter as a living person. The evidence of deadly signs on the body is hidden in a body of ambivalence–a body which fluctuates between a status of life and death. By examining particular cases of ‘alive, yet dead’ portraits, this paper will analyse aspects of temporal arrangements, visible and invisible signs in
the image and how the bodies of evidence and ambivalence are constructed.

Abstract

This paper is particularly concerned with ‘alive, yet dead’ portraits in the nineteenth century and how these images can invite specific readings.
Extraordinary about this type of portrait photography is that it shows the dead sitter as a living person. The evidence of deadly signs on the body is hidden in a body of ambivalence–a body which fluctuates between a status of life and death. By examining particular cases of ‘alive, yet dead’ portraits, this paper will analyse aspects of temporal arrangements, visible and invisible signs in
the image and how the bodies of evidence and ambivalence are constructed.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Art History
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Editors:Guillermet Aline, O'Dunlaing Cliona, Govan Hugh, Edamura Taisuke
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:19 Nov 2015 14:27
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 14:50
Publisher:School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex
Series Name:re·bus - a journal of art history and theory
Number of Pages:30
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.essex.ac.uk/arthistory/research/pdfs/rebus-issue-7/munforte.pdf

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