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The Reclining NudeAgnès Varda, Catherine Breillat, and Nan Goldin$
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Emma Wilson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620245

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620245.001.0001

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The Reclining Nude

The Reclining Nude

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Emma Wilson

Liverpool University Press

Opening with a reflection on the woman rolling in the waves in Maya Deren’s At Land, this chapter draws out a series of thoughts on reclining. From the tradition of the reclining nude and the female figure in sensual repose, images of loved and exposed women, it moves to figures of anatomical investigation, proneness, horizontality, and animality. Figures of sleep, dream, and near death gesture to the issues of unknowability and vicariousness the figure conjures. Female voices, Louise Bourgeois, Marguerite Duras, Tilda Swinton, Adriana Cavarero, return in the chapter to allow a stretching of the range of meanings in the figure of the reclining nude, and a new imagining of her evocative presence, and the strange valuing of passivity, indolent resistance, in the work of female-identified artists.

Keywords:   Reclining nude, Feminism, Horizontality, Maya Deren, Adriana Cavarero

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