This physical gilding rather than solid gold of the

Info icon This preview shows pages 2–4. Sign up to view the full content.

housework, sewing, embroidery, laundry, etc. This physical gilding (rather than solid gold) of the hands and face emphasizes that to society, a woman’s overall worth has always been summarized to be equivalent to her beauty - no matter her skill, her intelligence, or how invaluable she may
Image of page 2

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

be in any field. Edwina’s headdress also emphasizes this argument, as it protrudes out of Edwina's skull, it is a tangled and webbed aura of black lines that is complex, and not gilded or adorned. Edwina’s headdress is one of the largest parts of the statue’s body, wider across than Edwina’s body, and as tall as her gilded face. This headdress can be interpreted as the reverse of the gilding of Edwina’s face and hands. The headdress is symbolic of Edwina’s thoughts - tangled, complex, webbed, and surrounding the entirety of her features. However, the fact that it is not gilded, although it is such an integral and such a physically large part of Edwina’s body, emphasizes that in the eyes of society, Edwina’s thoughts are not considered nearly as valuable as her beauty. This proves that society considers the bodies of women as a sort of public, adjustable thing - a woman can be told to adjust her hair, her appearance, her dress, without outcry - but a woman’s thoughts or her depth of knowledge are not considered. When society first sees a woman, her worth is determined first by her physical appearance and next by her ability and intellect - whereas a man’s societal value is determined first by his intellect and practical value, and lastly by his physical appearance. The statue of Edwina is a physical representation that challenges society's prejudices and sexist ideas about intellectual women, and at the same time represents the strengths particular to women that are often framed as weaknesses instead.
Image of page 3
Image of page 4
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
  • Fall '09
  • DeCourcy
  • Gilding, Edwina Jaques, Close Reading of the Body of Edwina

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern