A Paler Shade of White: Tilda Swinton, David Bowie and the Legibility of Whiteness

Professor Jackie Stacey (Manchester) will present a talk entitled 'A Paler Shade of White: Tilda Swinton, David Bowie and the Legibility of Whiteness'

This talk will present some new research on Tilda Swinton's whiteness, linking it to her twinning with David Bowie. In dialogue with Richard Dyer's work on the history of whiteness, this paper will explore questions of affect, embodiment and humanness through some close readings of Swinton's visual presence. Moving between her work in cinema, music video, fashion photography and live performance, I shall trace the ways in which her particular embodiment of whiteness raises questions about legibility and interpretation.

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