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I See You Seeing Me: Engaging the Female Gaze in Visual Art and Poetry- Day...

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Image: Vera Iliatova, The Dogs of Kazan, 2006, Courtesy of the Monya Rowe Gallery

The 1970s gave rise to groundbreaking critical work on the male gaze, with thinkers such as Laura Mulvey and John Berger interrogating the phallocentric look—the representation of women in the arts as passive objects of desire, spectacles of the male voyeur. But as feminist thought develops today in tandem with changing ideas about gender and sex and widespread exposures of sexual violence and harassment, can we now speak of a different kind of gaze?

This symposium will explore the notion of the ‘female gaze’ in poetry and painting. “The term male gaze was coined forty years ago, but nobody has taken the female gaze yet”, said Jill Soloway in 2016. Over the last couple of years, the ‘female gaze’ has emerged as a new term in critical discussions about visual art and literature. Associated with the perspective of the female artist, character, or viewer that’s different from the male view, the female gaze is conceived as disrupting phallocentric power by offering a different mode of looking.

But what exactly is this different way of looking? Bringing together female painters and poets, the symposium will explore diverse notions of the female gaze: as a way of being in feeling rather than looking at and capturing, as an expression of the feeling body, as an exploration of how it feels to be the object of the gaze, and as a state of returning the gaze: I see you seeing me.

Discussing a range of issues that arise from the female gaze such as questions of consent, female projections of other females, and the woman’s desirous look, the symposium will engage the female gaze. Does the displacement of the male gaze by the female gaze simply recapitulate heteronormative ideas? Or do different angles of viewing open up other versions of gender and sex relations. How transgressive is the female gaze?

This day-long symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Katherine Angel followed by interviews, panel discussions and talks featuring Adam Phillips, Hannah Sullivan, Ruth Padel, Jane Yeh, Sasha Dugdale, Kim Moore, Helen Mort, Bidisha, Sarah Pickstone, Vera Iliatova and Isobel Dixon. The event will conclude with evening readings by Geraldine Clarkson, Ruth Padel, Anita Pati, Rommi Smith, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jane Yeh followed by a wine reception.

A limited amount of student/concession tickets are available for £25. To express interest and check your availability, please contact ellen@poetrylondon.co.uk.

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