Jennifer Shaw

Professor of Art History

Office and Phone

Office: Art 104
Phone: (707) 664-3041

Education and Training

  • B.A. UC Berkeley 1986 Humanities: Modernism in Art/Literature
  • M.A. Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1989 Art History
  • Ph.D. UC Berkeley 1994 Art History

Courses Taught at SSU

  • 160A/B Humanities Learning Community:  Cave Paintings to Picasso

  • ArtH 211 Introduction to Art History
  • 273 Sophomore Year Research and Creative Experience (The 1960s, The 1970s, The 1930s)
  • ArtH 450 Baroque Art
  • ArtH 452 18th Century Art
  • ARTH 452 William Blake

  • ArtH 454 19th Century Art
  • ArtH 456 The History of Photography
  • ArtH 456 The History and Theory of Photography
  • ArtH 464 Avant-Gardes of the Early 20th Century
  • ArtH 490 Proseminar in Art History Methods
  • ArtH 480 Selected Topics in Art: Rodin's Sculptures
  • ArtH 480 Selected Topics in Art: Paris inthe 1920's
  • ArtH 480 Selected Topics in Art: Theory of Art History
  • ArtH 480 Selected Topics in Art: Women in Art
  • ArtH 480 Selected Topics in Art: Writing About Art

Recent publications written by Jennifer L. Shaw:

Exist Otherwise: The Life and Works of Claude Cahun
This is the first work in English to tell the full story of Claude Cahun’s art and life. It both recounts her life and analyses her complex writings and images. Featuring striking illustrations by Cahun and other renowned photographers, as well as writings never before translated into English, Exist Otherwise: The Life and Works of Claude Cahun brings Cahun’s ideas and feelings to life and contributes to our understanding of photography, Surrealism and the histories of women artists and queer culture.
Cloth ISBN 9781780237282
Pages: 256 pp. 7½ × 9¾, 100 color plates, 80 halftones

Reading Claude Cahun's Disavowals

"The first monograph on a Surrealist cult classic, Reading Claude Cahun's Disavowals offers a comprehensive account of Cahun's most important published work, Aveux non avenus (Disavowals), 1930. Jennifer L. Shaw provides an encompassing interpretation of this groundbreaking work, paying careful attention to the complex interrelationship between the photomontages and writings of Aveux non avenus. This study argues that the texts and images of Aveux non avenus not only explore Cahun's own subjectivity, they formulate a trenchant social and cultural critique. Shaw explores how Cahun's work both calls into question the dominant culture of interwar France - with its traditional gender roles, religious conservatism, and pronatalism - and takes to task the era's artistic avant-garde and in particular its models of desire. This volume cuts across the disciplinary boundaries of interwar art studies, demonstrating how one artist's personal exploration intervened in wider contemporary debates about the purpose of art, the role of women in French culture, and the status of homosexuality, in the aftermath of World War I."

Book1Dream States
Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism, and the Fantasy of France

January 2002
256 p. , 7 1/2 x 10
Cloth 0-300-08382-3


Recent work with contributions by Jennifer L. Shaw:

Book2The Modern Woman Revisited

Subtitle: Paris Between the Wars
Author: Whitney Chadwick, Tirza True Latimer
Subject: Womens Studies/Art Studies/European Studies
Paper ISBN 0-8135-3292-2
Cloth ISBN 0-8135-3291-4
Pages: 320 pp. 7x10, 74 b&w illus.