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Author Series - Michelle Bloom, Waxworks: A Cultural Obsession - Oct 19

Author Series - Michelle Bloom, Waxworks: A Cultural Obsession - Oct 19

Author Series - Michelle Bloom, Waxworks: A Cultural Obsession - Oct 19

Michelle Bloom, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature/French & Director of UCR's Comparative Literature Program

October 19, 2005: Michelle Bloom, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature/French & Director of UCR's Comparative Literature Program.  "Her first book, Waxworks: A Cultural Obsession, (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) examines wax figures and wax museums and their representation in literary works by Champfleury, Dickens and ETA Hoffmann; Hollywood horror films of the 1930s; and contemporary French and U.S. visual art. Waxworks focuses on the psychological, moral, linguistic and physical “dissolution” of “wax fictions.” It also studies the concepts of gender and animation in the “Pygmalion paradigm” which is revised by these (post)modern “versions of Pygmalion,” to borrow J. Hillis Miller’s phrase."



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