Re-Presenting the Body: On Interim, Part I

  • Mary Kelly
Part of the Communications and Culture book series (COMMCU)


Corpus concerns the body — how it is shaped socially and psychically in the interim moment of ageing. Importantly, though, it does this in the specific form of an exhibition.1 As such, the work involves a process of simultaneously visualising and theorising which, in a way, resists interpretation. In the context of this discussion, then, what I would like to do is take up some of the questions that give perspective to an underlying argument, stressing of course that this is not an explanation, but a parallel discourse, something unsettled, hopefully exceeded, by the art itself.


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  1. 1.
    See Mary Kelly, Interim (Part I), Catalogue (Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Riverside Studios, London; Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, 1986 ).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    J. M. Charcot, Nouvelle Iconographie Photographique de la Salpêtrière, volume II (Paris, 1878 ).Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    Parveen Adams, ‘Symptoms and Hysteria’, Oxford Literary Review, vol. 8, nos. 1–2, 1986.Google Scholar
  4. 5.
    Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document ( Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1983 ).Google Scholar
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    Catherine Millot, ‘The Feminine Super-ego’, ml f, no. 10 (1985).Google Scholar
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    Michèle Montrelay, ‘Inquiry into Femininity’, m/f, no. 1, 1978.Google Scholar
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    Joan Riviere, ‘Womanliness as Masquerade’ (1929), reprinted in Victor Burgin, James Donald and Cora Kaplan (eds), Formations of Fantasy ( Methuen, London and New York, 1986 ).Google Scholar

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