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Tiffany Boyle

‘These Gymnasts Do Not Simply Perform Gymnastics’: An Analysis of Visual Representations of the Gymnastic Body.

A practice-based visual analysis of the manner in which the gymnastics body has been represented, tracing the genealogy of these representations back to the re-invention of gymnastics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My thesis employs a thematic methodology, consulting a range of archives, interdisciplinary resources and literature, and stems out of my own childhood experience of competitive gymnastics.

Supervisor: Professor Lynda Nead