Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
This thesis document is a compilation of personal essays that analyze aspects of visual culture and philosophy. I am greatly interested in how this analysis is related to women bodies; the nude in western art has a long history of being constructed for the male gaze. This significance of the identification of women with the body exposes women in our culture to learn their own particulars for self surveillance. By looking into the mirror, what is reflected back? With these essays, I am opening myself to the unknown and the unknowable, revealing the paradox of feminist and philosophical scholarship. When using emotions, senses and intuitions they can be used to partly express reality, but seemingly it cannot be used to totally grasp it, only scratching at what lies beneath the surface.
Hanes, Stephanie E., "Wielding daggers : the female uncanny" (2017). Masters Theses. 73.
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