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Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists

by Justin Vicari

Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists Synopsis

The early surrealists attempted to create art directly from the unconscious, but the resulting art often reveals the stamp of its age. It is generally accepted that a certain macho sensibility prevailed within the movement, excluding queer sensibilities and reducing women to object status. In startling new readings of Breton, Bataille, Cocteau, Artaud, Crevel and others, Justin Vicari examines the intersections between surrealism and mental illness, deploying an interdisciplinary approach, which includes aesthetic theory, radical politics, and psychoanalysis. Of particular interest is the representation of the ideal woman as not only sexually available but mentally ill, a hysteric muse representing a kind of authenticity lost in modern life.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780786466566
Publication date: 26th October 2011
Author: Justin Vicari
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
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About Justin Vicari

Award winner Justin Vicari is a poet, essayist and film writer. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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