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The traumatic surreal

Germanophone women artists and Surrealism after the Second World War

By Patricia Allmer

The traumatic surreal
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4979-4
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2022
  • BIC Category: History of art, Art History, Modern Art, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, ART / Women Artists, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), Germany, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, The arts / Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada

Description

The traumatic surreal is the first major study to examine the ground-breaking role played by Germanophone women artists working in surrealist traditions in responding to the traumatic events and legacies of the Second World War. Analysing works in a variety of media by leading artists and writers, the book redefines the post-war trajectories of surrealism and recalibrates critical understandings of the movement's relations to historical trauma. Chapters address artworks, writings and compositions by the Swiss Meret Oppenheim, the German Unica Zürn, the Austrian Birgit Jürgenssen, the Luxembourg-Austrian Bady Minck and the Austrian Olga Neuwirth and her collaboration with fellow Austrian Nobel-prize winning novelist Elfriede Jelinek. Locating each artist in their historical context, the book traces the development of the traumatic surreal through the wartime and post-war period.

Contents

Introduction
1 Meret Oppenheim's hauntologies
2 Unica Zürn's pathographies
3 Birgit Jürgenssen's abjections
4 Bady Minck's tourist imaginaries
5 Olga Neuwirth / Elfriede Jelinek: temporality and trauma
Index

Author

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

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