Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime by Jean-Michel Rabate
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Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime

Modernity, Murder and Mass Culture

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Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime by Jean-Michel Rabate

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Investigates 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 Details

ISBN: 9781845191115
ISBN-10: 1845191110
Format: Hardback
(152mm x 229mm x 20mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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