Portrait of a Woman Artist: The Rhetorical Construction of Camille Claudel as a Tragic Feminist Heroine


The analysis of the film Camille Claudel works to uncover the textual negotiations and sources of viewing pleasure rhetorically constructed into the cinematic representation of the film's subject. I argue that female viewers, in particular, are presented with a paradoxical viewing experience as the film both invites identification with Claudel, the film's subject, at the same time that it creates a sense of distance from the woman artist through her representation as an object of the filmic gaze. I conclude that these competing images may be seen as both ideologically interesting to female viewers and simultaneously challenging for feminist ideals.

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Feminist Media Studies


Taylor and Francis

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