Surrealist Masculinities by Amy Lyford
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Surrealist Masculinities
By Amy Lyford

Surrealist Masculinities

Gender Anxiety and the Aesthetics of Post-World War I Reconstruction in France

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Surrealist Masculinities by Amy Lyford

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"Surrealist Masculinities" offers a fresh exploration of how surrealist visual production was shaped by constructions of gender and sexuality, particularly masculinity, in the 1920s and early 1930s. Amy Lyford builds on feminist critical approaches to surrealism, which have viewed the female body in surrealism as symptomatic of male misogyny; yet she also departs from such work by arguing that representations of an anxious, ambivalent, or perverse masculinity were integral to the movement's critique of France's "return to order" in the years following World War I. This book analyzes surrealist work in relation to the history of surrealism and investigates how surrealist artists and writers appropriated contemporary medical science, advertising, and sexology in their quest to undermine the status quo.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520246409
ISBN-10: 0520246403
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 178mm x 22mm)
Pages: 251
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Amy Lyford

Amy Lyford is Associate Professor of Art History at Occidental College.

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