Marble Queens and Captives: Women in Nineteenth-century American Sculpture

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Yale University Press, 1990 - Art - 293 pages
When 19th century Americans looked at a statue of a nude woman in chains, or a shipwrecked mother and child, what did they see? The author argues that there was a connection between the popularity of artworks such as these, which derive from a sentimental literary culture, and the rapidly changing social, economic, and political environment that was beginning to raise questions about women's nature and role in society. By exploring the once-popular genre of ideal sculpture, with its focus on female subjects and its insistence on narrative content, Kasson is able to shed light on conventional assumptions about gender roles, as well as the tensions that lay behind these beliefs.

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About the author (1990)

Joy S. Kasson, author of several books on American history, is a graduate of Radcliffe College who obtained her Ph.D. at Yale. Since 1990, she has been Professor of American Studies and English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she lives.

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