Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature

@article{Gilman1985BlackBW,
  title={Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature},
  author={Sander L. Gilman},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={1985},
  volume={12},
  pages={204 - 242}
}
  • S. Gilman
  • Published 1 October 1985
  • Art
  • Critical Inquiry
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