Monsieur Bovary and Mr. Dalloway: Re-Gendered Book Covers

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How would your expectations differ when picking up a book entitled Lord Chatterly’s Lover, as opposed to the Lady Chatterly we all know and love? Would you be as interested in the story of Beauty and the Beast if it was about a handsome man falling for a beastly woman who had entrapped him? Jacket Copy points us to an ongoing exhibit at L.A’s Charlie James Gallery, wherein German artist Daniela Comani reimagines classic book covers if their genders had been switched. Though she doesn’t delve into the implications on the story, her work invites the viewer to speculate on her behalf, imagining skewed stories and often uncovering hidden gender bias and more than a few cultural blind spots. Or maybe that was just us. Click through to see some stills of her work, and if you’re in the L.A. area, catch her show until June 4th.

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery

Courtesy of Daniela Comani and Charlie James Gallery