Body Narratives

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This book provides the first critical forum for debate about ways of interpreting bodily representations during the French Enlightenment from an art historical point of view. It explores representations of the human form in its artistic, esthetic, social, cultural and erotic forms. The focus is the fundamental tension between stasis and movement—stasis and movement being at the same time the modalities of corporeal visual representations, the conditions governing the relationship between the viewers and the artwork as well as the space that surrounds them, and the vehicles for corporeal encounters.