Gynocritical Approaches to Study of Two Early Women Photographers: An In-depth Analysis of the work of two female photographers; Florestine Perrault Collins and Julia Margaret Cameron, in the light of Elaine Showalter's Gynocritical Theory.
(2013) Gynocritical Approaches to Study of Two Early Women Photographers: An In-depth Analysis of the work of two female photographers; Florestine Perrault Collins and Julia Margaret Cameron, in the light of Elaine Showalter's Gynocritical Theory., no. 73.
Elaine Showalter's gynocriticism focusses on the critical analysis of women as writers, this study aims to explore the ways in which photography can be studied using her pattern of analysis to closely examine the work of two female photographers. The research was undertaken through a case study of Julia Margaret Cameron and Florestine Perrault Collins, focusing on their photographic collections, and by considering those images in tandem with biographical information. The information gathered was analysed through the prism of gynocriticism, as a means of furthering understanding of what the theory means for women; specifically women who are working out-with the boundaries the theory currently sets, such as women who are not of white, western origin. The main body of research was formed around analysis of the theory of gynocriticism, and close study of Cameron's and Collins's opuses. The information gathered about these women was considered, compared and contrasted. This brought to light some of the challenges of gynocritical theory; through displaying a distinct similarity in the works of two women working within different Phases of gynocriticism. Following this several possible routes for further exploring gynocritical theory emerged, and its possible advancement through studying photography and other art forms is considered.