About the author: Servanne Woodward holds a PhD in French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a Doctorate (3rd cycle) from Paris X, and she studied history of arts and art theory at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence. She teaches 18th-century literature and stages plays at the University of Western Ontario. She edited four volumes of collective works: The Other Side of the Story; The Public Space of the Domestic Sphere; Autobiographical Journeys; and Marivaux avec Michel Deguy.2001 0-7734-7399-8
This work on aesthetics ties together the research on painting and literary forms of representation with close scrutiny of four major figures from the perspective of the creators and their analysis of the creative process. It examines French 18th-century aesthetics, visual arts, painting, autobiography, and theater. Problems of representation include analysis of genre, gender, species (still-life vs. portraiture), social cast (noble vs. bourgeois), and the necessity of self-erasure in the deisplay of oneself as an artist.. In French.