By Michal Peled Ginsburg
What makes tales approximately images so gripping and unsettling? Portrait tales argues that it's the methods they problematize the relation among subjectivity and illustration. via shut readings of brief tales and novellas by means of Poe, James, Hoffmann, Gautier, Nerval, Balzac, Kleist, Hardy, Wilde, hurricane, Sand, and Gogol, the writer exhibits how the subjectivities of sitter, painter, and viewer are produced in terms of representations formed via specific pursuits and gear kin, usually made up our minds via gender in addition to through classification. She specializes in the facility that may accrue to the painter from the act of illustration (often on the price of the portrait's subject), whereas additionally exploring how and why this act may perhaps threaten the portrait painter's experience of self. examining the viewer's relation to the portrait, she demonstrates how portrait tales problematize the very act of seeing and with it the best way subjectivity is developed within the visual field.