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Self-Writing of Life as Woman and Artist: A Comparative Study of Louise Jopling’s and Anna Klumpke’s Self-Narrative Methods on Autobiographical Facts

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2020, (47), pp.65-90
  • DOI : 10.17057/kahoma.2020..47.003
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : May 11, 2020
  • Accepted : June 8, 2020
  • Published : June 30, 2020

Kim, Hochung 1

1서울여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this study is to compare and study autobiographies published in the 20th century by two female artists-, Louise Jopling and Anna Klumpke who worked in the European Academy of Arts in the late 19th century, and to analyze the characteristics of their self-narrative strategy. The main subjects of this study are Jopling’s autobiography Twenty Years of My Life: 1867-1887 (1925), Klumpke’s autobiography Memoirs of An Artist (1940), and Klumpke’s biography of the artist Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Bonheur: sa vie, son oeuvre (1908), all of which feature quoted diaries and letters, a means of private self-narration. The autobiographies reflect their authors’ attempts at ‘writing from within.’ It can be said that Jopling and Klumpke recorded their voices as subjects and the others. These are feminine narratives that conform to the concept of ‘l'autre biographie’ by Hélène Cixous, argued that the reason for the non-chronological listing of events and themes, another similarity between Jopling’s and Klumpke's autobiographies, was the result of some artistic crisis after the rise of Modernism.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.