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Surrealism and women
Caws, Mary Ann.
First MIT Press edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Originally published as the journal Dada/surrealism, no. 18, by the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism, the University of Iowa"--T.p. verso.
The problematics of women and surrealism / Gwen Raaberg -- Seeing the surrealist woman : we are a problem / Mary Ann Caws -- Surrealism and misogyny / Rudolf E. Kuenzli -- What do little girls dream of : the insurgent writing of Gisèle Prassinos / Inez Hedges -- Finding what you are not looking for / Gisèle Prassinos -- From Déjeuner en fourrure to Caroline : Meret Oppenheim's chronicle of surrealism / Renée Riese Hubert -- Speaking with forked tongues : "male" discourse in "female" surrealism? / Robert J. Belton -- Androgyny : interview with Meret Oppenheim / Robert J. Belton -- The body subversive : corporeal imagery in Carrington, Prassinos and Mansour / Madeleine Cottenet-Hage -- Identity crises : Joyce Mansour's narratives / Judith Preckshot -- Joyce Mansour and Egyptian mythology / Maryann De Julio -- In the interim : the constructivist surrealism of Kay Sage / Stephen Robeson Miller -- The flight from passion in Leonora Carrington's literary work / Peter G. Christensen.

(cont.) Beauty and/is the beast : animal symbology in the work of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Leonor Fini / Georgiana M.M. Colvile -- Valentine, André, Paul et les autres, or, the surrealization of Valentine Hugo / Jean-Pierre Cauvin -- Refashioning the world to the image of female desire : the collages of Aube Elléouët / Gloria Feman Orenstein -- Eileen Agar / Judith Young Mallin.
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These sixteen illustrated essays present an important revision of surrealism by focusing on the works of women surrealists and their strategies to assert positions as creative subjects within a movement that regarded woman primarily as an object of masculine desire or fear.While the male surrealists attacked aspects of the bourgeois order, they reinforced the traditional patriarchal image of woman. Their emphasis on dreams, automatic writing, and the unconscious reveal some of the least inhibited masculine fantasies. The first resistance to the male surrealists' projection of the female figure arose in the writings and paintings of marginalized woman artists and writers associated with Surrealism. The essays in this collection explore the complexity of these women's works, which simultaneously employ and subvert the dominant discourse of male surrealists.

What Do Little Girls Dream Of: The Insurgent Writing of Gisï½le Prassinos - Finding What You Are Not Looking For - From Dï½jeuner en fourrure to Caroline: Meret Oppenheim's Chronicle of Surrealism - Speaking with Forked Tongues: "Male" Discourse in "Female" Surrealism? - Androgyny: Interview with Meret Oppenheim - The Body Subversive: Corporeal Imagery in Carrington, Prassinos, and Mansour - Identity Crises: Joyce Mansour's Narratives - Joyce Mansour and Egyptian Mythology - In the Interim: The Constructivist Surrealism of Kay Sage - The Flight from Passion in Leonora Carrington's Literary Work - Beauty and/Is the Beast: Animal Symbology in the Work of Leonora Carrington, Remedio Varo, and Leonor Fini - Valentine, Andrï½, Paul et les autres, or the Surrealization of Valentine Hugo - Refashioning the World to the Image of Female Desire: The Collages of Aube Ellï½ouï½t - Eileen Agar - Statement by Dorothea Tanning

Author Notes

Gwen Raaberg is Director of the Center for Women's Resources and Research at Western Michigan University.