Women's portrait of the self Introduction

Abstract : The articles in this issue are the fruits of research carried out by scholars from a variety of disciplines (literature, history of the arts, sociology, and philosophy) in Europe and the United States. They are the product of several related ongoing projects: a series of literature seminars at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and of art historical seminars at the INHA, a symposium at the University of Southern California, and another series of lectures at the Louvre. While eschewing any claim to comprehensive coverage, these articles take on important issues and questions that appeared during a period stretching from the sixteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The volume as a whole takes a cross-disciplinary approach to phenomena that are often poorly understood and underestimated, and the authors collectively employed a wide range of available methods in an effort to better reflect human diversity and speak to the broadest possible audience. The fragmentary nature of these contributions is emblematic of the place often reserved for women in these fields. Too regularly, only a few early modern women receive any critical attention, as the focus of random exhibitions and publications, despite the existence of twenty years of very solid research. Thus, the collection works to make visible what we might not see, even though it is right before our eyes.
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Caroline Trotot. Women's portrait of the self Introduction. Arts et Savoirs, Revues.org, 2016, Women's Self-Portraits in Early Modernity, 6, pp.1-19. ⟨https://aes.revues.org/701⟩. ⟨hal-01493016⟩

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