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My Hundreds of Inches of Skin : an International Portrait Gallery of Virginia Woolf Tattoos.

Abstract : This essay argues that Virginia Woolf‑inspired literary tattoos ought to be envisaged as an international portrait gallery that creates a community of fans both reflecting and shaping today’s versioning of Woolf as a public figure and the epitome of literature for feminists. It focuses on tattooed portraits to show in what way the predominantly Beresford-inspired motifs shape, recontextualise, and storify the cultural object referred to as Virginia Woolf, collectively making up a significant discourse and narrative. It analyses the way Victorian, ethereal Woolf is figured through the imagery of the saint. It then understands her inked portraits in the light of eighteenth-century miniature and the imagery of family portraits. It finally understands the contemporary mystique of literature this creates in reference to the theory of the two bodies of the King.
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Caroline Marie. My Hundreds of Inches of Skin : an International Portrait Gallery of Virginia Woolf Tattoos.. La Peaulogie - Revue de sciences sociales et humaines sur les peaux, La Peaulogie 2020, La littérature dans la peau : tatouages et imaginaires., pp.19-69. ⟨halshs-02567823⟩

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