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Hans Bellmer : The Anatomy of Anxiety - Sue Taylor

Hans Bellmer

The Anatomy of Anxiety

Paperback Published: 13th September 2002
ISBN: 9780262700917
Number Of Pages: 296

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The German-born Surrealist Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), best known for his life-size pubescent dolls, devoted an artistic lifetime to creating sexualized images of the female body--distorted, dismembered, or menaced in sinister scenarios. In this book Sue Taylor draws on psychoanalytic theory to suggest why Bellmer was so driven by erotomania as well as a desire for revenge, suffering, and the safety of the womb. Although he styled himself as the quintessential Oedipal son, an avant-garde artist in perpetual rebellion against a despised father, Taylor contends that his filial attitude was more complex than he could consciously allow. Tracing a repressed homoerotic attachment to his father, castration anxiety, and an unconscious sense of guilt, Taylor proposes that a feminine identification informs all the disquieting aspects of Bellmer's art.Most scholarship to date has focused on Bellmer's work of the 1930s, especially the infamous dolls and the photographs he made of them. Taylor extends her discussion to the sexually explicit prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs he produced throughout the ensuing three decades. The book includes a color frontispiece and 121 black-and-white images (eight published here for the first time), as well as appendixes containing several significant texts by Bellmer previously unavailable in English.

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An impressive book by any standards. Every page displays intelligence, erudition and visual acuity.

An impressive book by any standards. Every page displays intelligence, erudition and visual acuity.

-Metapsychology * Reviews *

Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. 2
Fetishism and the First Doll
The Self-Proclaimed Oedipal Sonp. 18
An Iconography of the Nurseryp. 36
Uncanny Automatap. 56
Sadomasochism, Castration Anxiety, and the Ball-Jointed Doll
Doll Games: Pleasure in Painp. 70
Pseudorationality and the Virtual Bodyp. 98
Mechanical Metaphors in the Service of Symmetryp. 110
Transgression, Pornography, Scoptophilia
Bellmer Illustrates Bataillep. 132
Loving and Loathing the Fatherp. 152
The Resort to Perversionp. 168
Conclusionp. 192
Chronologyp. 200
Hans Bellmer, "The Father"p. 210
Hans Bellmer, "Notes on the Subject of the Ball Joint"p. 212
Hans Bellmer, "Striptease"p. 220
Notesp. 222
Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 294
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ISBN: 9780262700917
ISBN-10: 0262700913
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 13th September 2002
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 17.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.9