This book provides a timely reappraisal of one of the most enduring subjects in the history of art – the naked body.

Beginning with reflections on what denuding entails and means, the volume then shifts to a consideration of body politics in the context of Black political empowerment, disability, and queer and Indigenous politics of representation. Themes including the animal nude, the male nude, and nudity in childhood are also considered. The final section examines the nude from the perspective of the artist and the artist’s model.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies, screen studies, and trans studies.

chapter 1|20 pages

On the Nude

Addressing Old and New Perspectives
ByNicholas Chare, Ersy Contogouris

part Part I|56 pages

On Denuding

chapter 2|19 pages

The Dagenham Idol

A Neolithic Wooden Figurine Denuded
ByNicholas Chare, Nathanael Price

chapter 3|14 pages

Poking Out ‘the Soft Part’

The Raw and the Cooked Body in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
ByMaria Margaroni

chapter 5|10 pages

Writing and Nudity

Nelly Arcan's and Vanessa Beecroft's Girls
ByMartine Delvaux

part Part II|52 pages

Body Politics and the Nude

chapter 6|12 pages

Images of Solace

Looking beyond Violence in Cassils's Art
ByI. Milan Cail, Nicholas Chare

chapter 7|17 pages


Black Body Politics and Gender
ByLisa E. Farrington

chapter 8|11 pages

Un-shaming the Greenlandic Female Body

The Indigenous Nude in Performance Art
ByKirsten Thisted

chapter 9|11 pages

Watching One's Back

Self-Portraits of Disabled Women's Backs as Provocative and Protective
ByAnn Millett-Gallant

part Part III|44 pages

Photography and the Nude

chapter 10|13 pages

Nan Goldin's Sag Harbor Pictures

ByEmma Wilson

chapter 11|12 pages

Creating a Space and a (Visual) Language in the Work of Laura Aguilar

ByAnn Marie Leimer

chapter 12|18 pages

The Animal Nude

Pony Play and Deborah Bright's Being & Riding
ByValérie Bienvenue, Nicholas Chare

part Part IV|42 pages

The Male Nude

chapter 13|13 pages


Does Hair Have a Gender? Around Del LaGrace Volcano, Daniela Comani, Katarzyna Kozyra, Ana Mendieta, and Cindy Sherman
ByFrédérique Villemur, Ersy Contogouris

chapter 14|16 pages

Art, Aesthetics, and Male Genitalia

ByRichard Leppert

chapter 15|12 pages

Imperfect Beauty

Nudity, Classicism, Race, and Homoerotic Desire in the Male Nudes of George Dureau
ByJames Smalls

part Part V|37 pages

On Being Nude

chapter 16|9 pages

A Short Story about a Big Healing (Extracts) 1

ByJoanna Frueh

chapter 17|16 pages

Looking beyond the Image

Cassils in Conversation with Nicholas Chare and Ersy Contogouris 1

chapter 18|7 pages

Ways of Connecting with the Secret World behind the Life Model

Sarah R. Phillips in Conversation with Nicholas Chare and Ersy Contogouris
BySarah R. Phillips

chapter 19|2 pages

Notes Introducing ‘(Unfinished) Soliloquy of a Nude’

ByKathleen G. Williamson

chapter 20|2 pages

(Unfinished) Soliloquy of a Nude

ByJoanna Frueh