Research Mentor(s)

Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre

Affiliated Department

Communication Studies

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08

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

15-5-2015 2:00 PM

Keywords

Perforamativity, Gender, Surrealism

Document Type

Event

Abstract

This paper works to deconstruct the performance of gender created in Man Rays’ famous 1924 Photograph, Le Violon d’Ingres. Utilizing theories of performativity and surrealism, I explore how this image rhetorically constitutes ideals of femininity and normalized bodies. I analyze the semiotic codes of violins and amputation to conceptualize how audiences decode the model in the photograph to be female and the image to be surreal. By offering an intersectional reading of this text, I encourage audiences to consider how photographic images hail specific representations of identity. I conclude by emphasizing the importance of the material body and argue that Le Violon d’Ingres constitutes cultural expectations of gender.

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The construction of gender through Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres

Communication Studies

This paper works to deconstruct the performance of gender created in Man Rays’ famous 1924 Photograph, Le Violon d’Ingres. Utilizing theories of performativity and surrealism, I explore how this image rhetorically constitutes ideals of femininity and normalized bodies. I analyze the semiotic codes of violins and amputation to conceptualize how audiences decode the model in the photograph to be female and the image to be surreal. By offering an intersectional reading of this text, I encourage audiences to consider how photographic images hail specific representations of identity. I conclude by emphasizing the importance of the material body and argue that Le Violon d’Ingres constitutes cultural expectations of gender.

 

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