Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime
Modernity, Murder and Mass Culture
By (author) Jean-Michel Rabate
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Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime by Jean-Michel Rabate
Book DescriptionInvestigates links between avant-garde art and the aesthetics of crime in order to bridge the gap between high modernism and mass culture, as emblematised by tabloid reports of unsolved crimes. Throughout Jean-Michel Rabate is concerned with two key questions: what is it that we enjoy when we read murder stories? and what has modern art to say about murder? Indeed, Rabate compels us to consider whether art itself is a form of murder. The book begins with Marcel Duchamps fascination for trivia and found objects conjoined with his iconoclasm as an anti-artist. The visual parallels between the naked woman at the centre of his final work, Etant Donnes, and a young woman who had been murdered in Los Angeles in January 1947, provides the specific point of departure. The text moves onward to Steven Hodel, the 'Black Dahlia' murder; Walter Benjamins description of Eugene Atgets famous photographs of deserted Paris streets as presenting the scene of the crime; and Ralph Roffs 1997 exhibition, which implied that modern art is indissociable from forensic gaze and a detectives outlook, a view first advanced by Edgar Allan Poe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845191115
(152mm x 229mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Handbook of Modernism Studies, Paperback (December 2015)
Featuring the latest research findings and exploring the fascinating interplay of modernist authors and intellectual luminaries, from Beckett and Kafka to Derrida and Adorno, this bold new collection of essays gives students a deeper grasp of key texts in modernist literature.
1922, Hardback (March 2015)
This book examines key aspects of culture and history in 1922, a year made famous by the publication of several modernist masterpieces.
Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Psychoanalysis, Hardback (September 2014)» View all books by Jean-Michel Rabate
Taking Sigmund Freud's theories as a point of departure, Jean-Michel Rabate's book explores the intriguing ties between psychoanalysis and literature.
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Author Biography - Jean-Michel Rabate
Jean-Michel Rabate has been a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 1992. He is a managing editor of the Journal of Modern Literature and a senior curator of Slought Foundation. He has authored or edited more than twenty books on Modernism, literary theory, psychoanalysis and contemporary art. Recent titles include: The Future of Theory (2002); Ed. The Cambridge Companion to Jacques Lacan (2003), The Palgrave Guide to Joyce Studies (2004); and forthcoming: Logiques du Mensonge.
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