Surrealism has long been seen as its founder, Andre Breton, wanted it to be seen: as a movement of love and liberation. In "Compulsive Beauty", Foster reads surrealism from its other, darker side: as an art given over to the uncanny, to the compulsion to repeat and the drive toward death. To this end Foster first restages the difficult encounter of surrealism with Freudian psychoanalysis, then redefines the categories of surrealism - the marvellous, convulsive beauty, objective change - in terms of the Freudian uncanny, or the return of familiar things made strange by repression. Next, with the art of Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and Alberto Giacometti in mind, Foster develops a theory of the surrealist image as a working over a primal fantasy. This leads him finally to propose as a summa of surrealism a body of work often shunted to its margins: the dolls of Hans Bellmer, so many traumatic tableaux that point to difficult connections not only between sadism and masochism but also between surrealism and fascism. At this point "Compulsive Beauty" turns to the social dimension of the surrealist uncanny. First Foster reads the surrealist repertoire of automatons and mannequins as a reflection on the uncanny processes of mechanization and commodification. Then he consisers the surrealist use of outmoded images as an attempt to work through the historical repression effected by these same processes. In a brief conclusion he discusses the fate of surrealism today in a world become surrealistic. "Compulsive Beauty" not only offers a deconstructive reading of surrealism, long neglected by Anglo-American art history, it also participates in a postmodern reconsideration of modernism, the dominant accounts of which have obscured its involvements in desire and trauma, capitalist shock and technological development.
Descrizione libro The MIT Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0262061600 This is a hardcover book with dust jacket. !!!Dj has minor wear otherwise perfect!!!. Codice libro della libreria 180.XM101
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0262061600
Descrizione libro The MIT Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0262061600 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW4.0110235
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110262061600
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