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n Acta Academica - Not I : troubled self-representations

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

This study investigates visual representations of human selfhood by means of variable ratios of "I" and "not I", envisagement and defacement in spiritual, ideological as well as structural terms. The primary aim is to press art historical notions of self-portrait and portrait beyond the limits of conventional genres of visual art. Two pivotal examples outside the familiar field of portraiture are examined, early and late modern respectively, both of them cases from the picaresque tradition where historical human identity is challenged and questioned in visual terms. Exploring the methodological potential of "iconoclash" as an ideology-critical notion was a secondary aim.


Hierdie studie ondersoek visuele voorstellings van die menslike selfheid aan die hand van veranderlike verhoudings tussen "ek" en "nie-ek", skepping en skending van die gelaat in geestelike, ideologiese sowel as strukturele sin. As vernaamste oogmerk word die ondersoek van selfportret en portret as kunshistoriese kategorieƫ tot aan die grens van konvensionele genres van visuele kuns gevoer. Die swaartepunt van die studie by die ontleding van twee voorbeelde van buite die bekende veld van portretbeelding, een vroeg- en een laat-modern, behels twee gevalle uit die pikareske tradisie waar historiese menslike identiteit visueel uitgedaag en bevraagteken word. Die toetsing van die metodologiese potensiaal van "iconoclash" as ideologie-kritiese begrip is 'n verdere oogmerk.

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