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Compulsive Beauty
By Hal Foster

Compulsive Beauty

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Compulsive Beauty by Hal Foster

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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. To this end Foster first restages the difficult encounter of surrealism with Freudian psychoanalysis, then redefines the crucial categories of surrealism -- the marvelous, convulsive beauty, objective chance -- in terms of the Freudian uncanny, or the return of familar things made strange by repression. Next, with the art of Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and Alberto Giacometti in mind, Foster develops a theory of the surrealist image as a working over of a primal fantasy. This leads him finally to propose as a summa of surrealism a body of work often shunted to its margins: the dolls of Hans Bellmer, so many traumatic tableaux that point to difficult connections not only between sadism and masochism butal so between surrealism and fascism. At this point Compulsive Beauty turns to the social dimension of the surrealist uncanny. First Foster reads the surrealist repertoire of automatons and mannequins as a reflection on the uncanny processes of mechanization and commodification. Then he considers the surrealist use of outmoded images as an attempt to work through the historical repression effected by these same processes. In a brief conclusion he discusses the fate of surrealism today in a world become surrealistic. Compulsive Beauty not only offers a deconstructive reading of surrealism, long neglected by Anglo-American art history, but 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262560818
ISBN-10: 026256081X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 17mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 3-May-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster's Prince Valiant by Hal Foster Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, Hardback (September 2016)

Hal Foster, the creator of the popular Prince Valiant newspaper strip, is a cartoonist s cartoonist; Fantagraphics studio edition showcases his original art."

Art Since 1900 by Hal Foster Art Since 1900, Hardback (September 2016)

Includes the developments in the study and practice of art. With a clear year-by-year structure, this book presents 130 articles, each focusing on a crucial event - such as the creation of a seminal work, the publication of an important text, or the opening of a major exhibition - to tell the myriad stories of art from 1900 to the present.

Prince Valiant Vol. 13: 1961-1962 by Hal Foster Prince Valiant Vol. 13: 1961-1962, Hardback (June 2016)

From the Middle East to the road to Rome, danger follows the noble Prince of Thule in Hal Foster s Arthurian-adventure newspaper pages."

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Author Biography - Hal Foster

Hal Foster is Associate Professor of Art History and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is an editor of the journal OCTOBER.

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