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Self-Fashioning and Autofiction in the Photographic Portraits of the Countess de Castiglione

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dc.contributor.advisor Hickson, Sally Boileau, Karly 2015-09-09T13:29:25Z 2015-09-09T13:29:25Z 2015-09 2015-08-25 2015-09-09
dc.description.abstract Over 400 photographic portrait images survive of Virginia Oldoini, the Countess de Castiglione (1837 -1899), taken over the course of her lifetime by the photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson (1822-1913). Individual photographs have been subject to scholarly analysis, primarily focused on a feminist analysis of the psychosexual implications. While not dismissing this reading, in this thesis, I argue that the entire archive of photographs may also be understood as constituting a visual autofiction of the Countess’s life, offering her own reflections on her political and cultural role in Second Empire France. Therefore, the images may be read as a constructed and self-reflexive visual narrative in which the Countess is not merely the subject, but the primary author. This analysis is supported through a reading of the photographs in conjunction with the biography of the Countess de Castiglione, and is supported by portrait theory, photography theory and theories of the history of collecting. en_US
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dc.subject autofiction en_US
dc.subject self-fashioning en_US
dc.subject portraiture en_US
dc.subject photography en_US
dc.subject collections en_US
dc.subject nineteenth century en_US
dc.title Self-Fashioning and Autofiction in the Photographic Portraits of the Countess de Castiglione en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Art History and Visual Culture en_US Master of Arts en_US School of Fine Art and Music en_US
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