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Article Dans Une Revue Italica -New York then Columbus- Année : 2023

On Eels and Angels : Amelia Rosselli and Francesca Woodman Between Devotion and Deconstruction of the Traditional Topoi

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By bringing into dialogue the poet Amelia Rosselli and the artist Francesca Woodman, this paper will focus on how an intermedial and comparative methodological framework can bring a better understanding of both poetic texts and visual arts. The aim of this paper is to reflect on the conflict between devotion and defection of a given media tradition (photography on the one hand, poetry on the other) by analyzing some figures shared by Woodman and Rosselli: the visiting angel and the eel. Such a comparison will allow us to ask ourselves whether the two artists’ texts and photographs are as ‘feminin’ as they appear at first sight. Rosselli’s poetry takes up certain topoi of the lyric genre: above all, the apostrophe of a male ‘I’, whose voice is hyper-present in the text, to a mute or absent female ‘You’. By reversing the pronominal relationship between these two speakers, Rosselli succeeds at the same time in appropriating the topos and in criticizing it. As Rosselli does with the stereotypes of the lyric genre, Woodman engages in an ambivalent relationship with the commonplaces of the feminine. In both cases, the conquering of the body involves both rejection and the desire to show it off to others. Each in her own way, Rosselli and Woodman deny themselves to their audience, who find themselves
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hal-03949015 , version 1 (20-01-2023)

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matilde manara. On Eels and Angels : Amelia Rosselli and Francesca Woodman Between Devotion and Deconstruction of the Traditional Topoi. Italica -New York then Columbus-, In press. ⟨hal-03949015⟩
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