Dada bodies

Between battlefield and fairground

By Elza Adamowicz

Dada bodies


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3114-0
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2019
  • BIC Category: Dada, Anatomy, ART / Criticism & Theory, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), The arts / Theory of art, The arts / Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada, The arts / History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -, Art History


This is the first comprehensive study of bodily images in Dada. Travelling between the international centres of the movement, from Zurich to Berlin, Paris to New York, it examines a diverse range of media, including art, literature, performance, photography and film. Its overall approach is to confront Dada's bodily images not as organic unities but as fictions that reflect on the disjunctive, dehumanised society of war-torn Europe. These fictions occupy an ambivalent space between the battlefield (in their satirical exposure of ideology) and the fairground (in their playful manipulation and joyful renewal of the body). The book features analyses of works by Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch, Marcel Duchamp and others, and will appeal to scholars and students of European history, cultural history, art and literature.


1 Introduction: spare parts
2 Zurich Dada: between gas mask and carnival dance
3 Shooting the classical body
4 Hybrid bodies (I): the impossible machine
5 Hybrid bodies (II): the grotesque
6 Performance spaces: fairground, cabaret, exhibition
7 Death and rebirth: corpse or chrysalis
8 Fluid bodies, shifting identities
9 Dada's Africa
10 Limit-bodies
11 Conclusion: exquisite corpses


Elza Adamowicz is Professor Emerita of French Literature and Visual Culture at Queen Mary University of London

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