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Francette Pacteau


  • Francette Pacteau is the author of The Symptom of Beauty (London, Reaktion, and Cambridge, Harvard University, 1994; Japanese translation, 1997; Korean translation, 1999, Turkish translation, 2004; excerpted in F. Timeto (ed.), Culture della Differenza: Femminismo, visualità e studi postcoloni, Novara, 2008). Her essay contributions to books include The seduction of difficulty: a note on interpretation, in N. Bryson, P. Wollen et al, Victor Burgin, Barcelona, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2001, and In search of Lost Times, in Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall et al, Mitra Tabrizian: Beyond the Limits, Göttingen, Steidl Verlag, 2004. She collaborated with the artist Victor Burgin on the audio installation The Little House at the MAK Center, Los Angeles, in 2008 – an outcome of comparative research on modernist architecture (via Rudolf M. Schindler’s Hollywood King’s Road House) and 18th century interior decoration (via Jean François de Bastide’s 1758 novella La Petite Maison). 


Research interests

In the broadest terms, Francette Pacteau's research engages with the field of visual representations, especially photography and film. Most recently she has written about violence in relation to the image, considering the terms ‘violence’ and ‘image’ in their various relationships to each other: images of violence, the violence of the image, violence to the image (On not watching Bambi, paper given in the History of Art Department at Bristol University, 2008).


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