Taking Bruce Nauman’s video installation Contrapposto Studies, I through VII (2015/2016) as its starting point, this essay explores the postural, moral, and political implications of walking’s instability, proposing that the instability of walking underwrites its condition. It builds on the feminist scholarship of Adriana Cavarero to challenge the philosophical assumptions of masculine uprightness and to reveal instead the temporal limits of human balance and the essential threat of the misstep.
LOUISE HORNBY is Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCLA. She is the author of Still Modernism: Photography, Literature, Film (Oxford, 2017). She is currently working on a book about hampered, awkward, or difficult walks, from which her essay for this issue derives, and a project on the visual culture of the weather.
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Louise Hornby; Walking Badly. Representations 1 November 2022; 160 (1): 90–118. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2022.160.4.90
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