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Practical FormAbstraction, Technique, and Beauty in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics$
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Abigail Zitin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300244564

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300244564.001.0001

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The Analysis of Beauty, II

The Analysis of Beauty, II

Feminist Formalism

(p.117) Chapter Four The Analysis of Beauty, II
Practical Form

Abigail Zitin

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the role of gender in The Analysis of Beauty. Many critics have focused on the fact that Hogarth associates the line of beauty with the female body. According to this way of thinking, Hogarth’s focus on the beauty of female bodies is the ground for his democratic aesthetics (female beauty is the kind of beauty “everyone” already knows how to recognize). But Hogarth explicitly addresses his treatise to female as well as male readers, setting women’s attunement to visual experience on a par with the technical expertise of the artisan, and thereby understanding women as subjects as well as objects of visual pleasure.

Keywords:   Hogarth, William, The Analysis of Beauty, Gender, Female embodiment, Artistic technique

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