Que me veux-tu?/ What do you want of me?: Claude Cahun's Autoportraits and the Process of Gender Identification

  title={Que me veux-tu?/ What do you want of me?: Claude Cahun's Autoportraits and the Process of Gender Identification},
  author={Corinne Andersen},
  journal={Women in French Studies},
  pages={37 - 50}
This essay explores the early twentieth century self-portraits of the French surrealist photographer Claude Cahun. Critics have claimed that Cahun's numerous and varied autoportraits reveal a woman in the midst of a gender identity crisis. This article argues that her extensive oeuvre does not suggest an individual identity crisis, as much as it deconstructs the process of gender identification in Cahun's contemporary culture. The title of Cahun's collection of poetry and photomontage from 1930… 
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