Women artists/surrealism/modernism

Edited by Patricia Allmer


Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9648-8
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: September 2016
  • BIC Category: Art History, The arts: general issues, History of art, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), ART / Criticism & Theory, ART / History / General, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies, The arts / History of art / art & design styles
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


Featuring new essays by established and emerging scholars, Intersections: Women artists/surrealism/modernism redefines conventional surrealist and modernist canons by focusing critical attention on women artists working in and with surrealism in the context of modernism. In doing so it redefines critical understanding of the complex relations between all three terms.

The essays address work produced in a wide variety of international contexts and across several generations of surrealist production by women closely connected to the surrealist movement or more marginally influenced by it. Intersections explores work in a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to film and fashion, by artists including Susan Hiller, Maya Deren, Birgit Jurgenssen, Aube Elléouët, Dorothea Tanning, Claude Cahun, Elsa Schiaparelli, Joyce Mansour, Leonor Fini, Mimi Parent, Lee Miller, Leonora Carrington, Ithell Colquhoun and Eileen Agar.


'The fluid navigation of diverse theoretical writing and close reading of lesser known works makes this volume both thought provoking and pleasurable.'
Dr. Christine Conley, Racar 42 (2017)


Part I: Automatic practices
1. Four 'outsiders', four women: surrealism and the psychic elsewhere - Colin Rhodes
2. Photographic automatism: surrealism and feminist (post?)modernism in Susan Hiller's Sisters of Menon - Katharine Conley
3. The surrealist script(s): Bourgeois, Chadwick, Hiller - Guy Reynolds
Part II: Poetic practices
4. Savage balm: Claude Cahun and Lise Deharme - Jonathan P. Eburne
5. Emma's navel: Dorothea Tanning's narrative sculpture - Catriona McAra
6. Trespassing boundaries: Liminality, hybridity and the quest for identity in Leonora Carrington's The Stone Door - Victoria Ferentinou
7. Screams: Women in post-war surrealist journals - Hazel Donkin
Part III: Magical practices
8. Desert islands: magic and modernity in the work of Ithell Colquhoun - Neil Matheson
9. 'The Old Horizon Withdraws': surrealist connections in Martinique and Haiti - Suzanne Césaire and André Breton, Maya Deren and André Pierre - Terri Geis
Part IV: Combinatory practices
10. Helen Lundeberg, an oxymoron - Ilene Susan Fort
11. Lee Miller's signscapes - Patricia Allmer
12. Aube Elléouët's collages: Ricochets - Elza Adamowicz
13. Birgit Jürgenssen's poetic surrealist feminism - Gabriele SchorPart V: Practices of fashion
14. Feathers, flowers, and flux: Artifice in the costumes of Leonor Fini - Rachael Grew
15. Surrealist? Modernist? Artist? The vicissitudes of Elsa Schiaparelli - Emma West


Patricia Allmer is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Edinburgh

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