Beauty of the Back

  • Jaan Valsiner
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


The chapter will cover the poetic sentiment created by human meaning-makers as they experience, present, and represent the body on the side that is directly non-observable by the self, but constantly accessible to the others. Various relations between the hair and the skin, hiding and displaying of both as ways of presenting of the human back, will be analyzed on the basis of the painting Le Chignon by French artist Eva Gonzalès (b 1849–d. 1883).



The preparation of this chapter was supported by the Niels Bohr Professorship grant by Danske Grundforskningsfond. Feedback from the editors of this book on an earlier version of the manuscript was very helpful in bringing it to conclusion.


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  • Jaan Valsiner
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  1. 1.Niels Bohr Professorship Centre on Cultural Psychology, Aalborg UniversitetAalborgDenmark

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