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Compulsive Beauty

Compulsive Beauty - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262560818

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ISBN13: 978-0262560818
ISBN10: 026256081X Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1993
International: No

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Compulsive Beauty - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262560818

Hal Foster

ISBN13: 978-0262560818
ISBN10: 026256081X Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

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.

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.

Author Bio

Foster, Hal : Princeton University

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Modern Art at Princeton University.

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