CostanzaCasati

CostanzaCasati

Undergraduate student of English Literature and Film. Passionate about Creative Writing, Cinema, Literature and Art.

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    The diversity of Best Picture Oscar Nominees 2017

    Explore the different topics and issues raised by this year’s Oscar Nominees: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are, compared to one another, incredibly diverse, and they demonstrate that Hollywood this year has been experimenting in new interesting ways. Especially focus on issues of gender, race and genre.

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      A psychological reading of the characters from "Game of Thrones"

      The HBO success "Game of Thrones" brings on screen a wide variety of characters with clear mental issues. From Joffrey’s violent nature, which lacks any form of remorse, to Ramsay’s damaged personality or Jamie and Cersei’s incestuous relationship (also Sansa Stark, Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy can be interesting examples). It would be fascinating to use psychoanalytical concepts, taken from Freud, Jung or Klein, in order to offer a reading of these characters and their backstories and objectives.

      • This would be so cool to read and an interesting topic to explore. I'm not an avid watcher of "Game of Thrones" myself, but I think that psychoanalytic theory and concepts can be applied to any fictional character, whether they be literary or cinematic. Freud, Jung, or Klein would all be of course good places to start - anyone interested in researching this would I think also be inclined to check out the work of Erich Fromm (philosopher/psychologist). His work in "Escape from Freedom" is a great analysis of authoritarian, sadistic, and masochistic character-types - theories which could be applied to characters such as Joffrey.– kyletsakiris 6 months ago
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      CostanzaCasati

      Thank you for your great comment! Yes, the viewer is, paradoxically, viewed, and I believe this is one of the reasons why these paintings manage to put their subjects in such a powerful position. As you said, Thomas’s painting is a particularly powerful example of this. However, I’m not sure Schiele’s women are fully free. Rather, they express the pain and unease of the male gaze!

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      CostanzaCasati

      Thank you very much!

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      CostanzaCasati

      I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for your comment !

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      CostanzaCasati

      I agree I actually thought of including sculpture and ancient works but I did not want to make the topic too broad so I decided to focus on paintings only!

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      CostanzaCasati

      Good question! The presence of the black servant definitely says something about the time!

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      CostanzaCasati

      Thank you very much!

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      CostanzaCasati

      There is a very interesting article written by Laura Mulvey that tackles the issue of the male gaze in Hollywood cinema employing psychoanalysis. I’m not completely sure you could apply that to these paintings, but it makes some interesting points that are definitely relatable to how women are portrayed in art.

      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude
      Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude