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Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places: Rethinking Culture

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Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places

Rethinking Culture

Edited by Fran Lloyd and Catherine O'Brien

320 pages, 19 figs, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-788-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-789-1 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (June 2001)

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In this highly original approach to the study of the construction of culture, this collection of previously unpublished essays explore the topography of the secret and the forbidden, focusing on specific moments in recent cultural and political history. By bringing together writers from different disciplines and different locations, this volume provides a rich and diverse mapping of how the secret and forbidden operate across different subjects and different geographies, extending far beyond physical locations. It is present in domains ranging from language, literature, and cinema to social and political life. This refreshing and thought-provoking collection of essays will prove invaluable for researchers and students.

Fran Lloyd is Head of Art and Design History at Kingston University.

Catherine O'Brien is Senior Lecturer in French and German at Kingston University.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General) Literary Studies


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Introduction: Spaces, Places, Sites/Sights of the Secret and Forbidden
Fran Lloyd and Catherine O’Brien


Chapter 1. Walls, Curtains and Screens: Spatio-Sexual Metaphor in the Kagerô nikki
Valerie Henitiuk

Chapter 2. Secrets of the Forbidden Chamber: Bluebeard
Tivadar Gorilovics

Chapter 3. Secrecy and Masquerade in Stendhal
Jean-Jacques Hamm

Chapter 4. Thresholds of Desire and Domestic Space in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction
Tony Williams

Chapter 5. Women’s Sanctuaries and Spatial Transgressions in the Novels of Jean Giraudoux
Victoria B. Korzeniowska

Chapter 6. Forbidden Desires: Adolescent Sexuality in Jean Cocteau and Antal Szerb
Franciska Skutta

Chapter 7. Quests in a Cupboard
Agnès Cardinal


Chapter 8. Human Interiority and the French Enlightenment
Xavier Martin

Chapter 9. The Hidden World of the Marais
Gordon Phillips

Chapter 10. Making Ideal Histories: The Film Censorship Board in Postwar France
Suzanne Langlois

Chapter 11. Forbidden Reality: the Language and Functions of Propaganda
Magda Stroinska

Chapter 12. Walking a Tightrope Over Forbidden Territory: East German Cinema and Evelyn Schmidt’s The Bicycle
Andrea Rinke

Chapter 13. Naming and Exclusion: the Politics of Language in Contemporary France
Clarissa Wilks and Noëlle Brick

Chapter 14. Cobwebby States, Chilled Vaults? The Nation State in Contemporary Irish Feminist Poetry
Anu Hirsiaho


Chapter 15. The Virtual Intersection: a Meditation on Domestic Virtue
Jorella Andrews

Chapter 16. ‘Anxious Performances’: Aestheticism, the Art Gallery and the Ambulatory Geographies of Late Nineteenth-Century London
Andrew P. Stephenson

Chapter 17. You Want to See? Well, take a look at this! Ethical Vision, Disembodiment and Light in Marcel Duchamp’s Etant Donnés
Chris Horrocks

Chapter 18. Lost in Space Between East and West: Roots Behind the Iron Curtain
Marja Keränen

Chapter 19. Making Spaces Visible: Alison Wilding’s Early Sculpture
Fran Lloyd

Chapter 20. Hidden Spaces and Public Places: Women, Memory and Contemporary Monuments – Jenny Holzer and
Rachel Whiteread
Sue Malvern

Conclusion: Rethinking Culture
Fran Lloyd and Catherine O’Brien

Notes on Contributors

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