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Eyes of Love : The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels 1840-1900 (Picturing History)

Eyes of Love : The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels 1840-1900 (Picturing History)

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In Eyes of Love , Stephen Kern offers a bold reinterpretation of women in art and literature. He shows that the frequent recurrence of the "Proposal Composition" in English and French nineteenth-century paintings and novels challenges assumptions about "the gaze"_that women are merely passive erotic objects, while men are active erotic subjects. The eyes of women express a more varied range of thoughts than those of men, and convey more profound emotions.