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Deconstructive strategies: the feminist representational critique

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Lina Alves Arruda
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Dária Gorete Jaremtchuk; Rosa Maria Blanca Cedillo; Domingos Tadeu Chiarelli
Advisor: Dária Gorete Jaremtchuk

This research provides an analysis based on the intersections between the feminist representational politics critique and the contemporary identity politics critique, suggesting that the strategies employed by Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and Martha Rosler manifest post-identity perspectives. By exposing the representation\'s tendency to perpetuate, in feminist imagery, \"woman\" as a fixed subject and stable category, this research stresses the necessity to elaborate antiessentialist representational artistic strategies that might be able to critically summon \"womanliness\", though avoiding the reification of the same category, subject and heterosexual structures that sustain this term. Therefore, I will argue that by appropriating images of women provided by the cultural imagery (magazines, cinema, television, adds etc.) these artists enable a critical gaze towards this particular visual repertory, destabilizing not only their historically rooted rhetorics, but also the very idea of \"womanliness\" as a stable, coherent, natural and universal identity category. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/04369-3 - Deconstructive strategies: the feminist critique of representation
Grantee:Lina Alves Arruda
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master