By Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
nineteenth century. The forensic scientist tending to her unidentified corpse on the Paris Morgue was once supposedly so struck through her attract that he captured in plaster the contours of her face. This unknown lady, also called "The Mona Lisa of Suicide", has considering the fact that develop into the thing of an obsessive curiosity that
started within the overdue Nineties, reached its height within the Thirties, and maintains to reverberate today.
Aby Warburg defines artwork background as "a ghost tale for grown-ups." This examine is in a similar way "a ghost tale for grown-ups", narrating the air of mystery of a cultural item that crosses temporal, geographical, and linguistic frontiers. It perspectives the "Inconnue" as a symptomatic expression of a latest international haunted by means of the sooner modernity of the 19th century. It investigates how the mask's metamorphoses replicate significant shifts within the cultural historical past of the final centuries, drawing close the "Inconnue"
as an access aspect to appreciate a phenomenon attribute of twentieth- and 21st-century modernity: the translatability of media. Doing so, this research mobilizes discourses surrounding the "Inconnue", casting them as issues of negotiation wherein we could examine the trendy age.
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The Drowned Muse: Casting the Unknown Woman of the Seine Across the Tides of Modernity (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs) by Anne-Gaëlle Saliot