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Compulsive Beauty : October Books - Hal Foster

Compulsive Beauty

October Books


Published: 27th March 1995
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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. "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.

"In exhilarating, thoughtful and subtle arguments, Foster takessurrealist interpretations of psychoanalysis into a shockingencounter with the Freudian uncanny... [An] extremely importantbook." Jane Beckett , Times Higher Education Supplement

Beyond the Pleasure Principle?p. 1
Compulsive Beautyp. 19
Convulsive Identityp. 57
Fatal Attractionp. 101
Exquisite Corpsesp. 125
Outmoded Spacesp. 157
Auratic Tracesp. 193
Beyond the Surrealism Principle?p. 209
Notesp. 215
List of Illustrationsp. 299
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780262560818
ISBN-10: 026256081X
Series: October Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 27th March 1995
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.76