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Author Geczy, Adam, author.

Title The artificial body in fashion and art : marionettes, models and mannequins / Adam Geczy.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

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Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Artificial bodies constructed in human likeness, from uncanny automatons to mechanical dolls, have long played a complex and subtle role in human identity and culture. This book takes a range of these bodies, from antiquity to the present day, to explore how we seek out echoes, caricatures and replications of ourselves in order to make sense of the complex world in which we live. Packed with case studies, from the commedia del'arte to Hans Bellmer, and the work of Andre Courreges to the 1980s supermodel, this volume explores the divide between the "real" and the constructed. Arguing that the body "other" plays a crucial role in the formation of the self physically and psychologically, leading scholar Adam Geczy contends that the "natural" body has been replaced by a series of imaginary archetypes in our post-modern world, central to which is the figure of the doll. The Artificial Body in Fashion and Art provides a much-needed synthesis of constructed bodies across time and place, drawing on fashion theory, theatre studies and material culture, to explore what the body means in the realms of identity, gender, performance and art.
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Subject Human beings in art.
Human body -- Social aspects.
Human body in popular culture.
Dolls -- Symbolic aspects.
Mannequins (Figures)
Mannequins (Figures) in art.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Geczy, Adam. Artificial body in fashion and art. New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016 9781472595966 (DLC) 2016012634 (OCoLC)932001584
ISBN 9781472595973 (electronic bk.)
1472595971 (electronic bk.)
9781472595980 (epub)