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Book Title: Surrealism and Women|
The author of the book: Mary Ann Caws
ISBN 13: 9780262530989
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Edition: Mit Press
Date of issue: March 13th 1991
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These sixteen illustrated essays present an important revision of surrealism by focusing on the works of women surrealists and their strategies to assert positions as creative subjects within a movement that regarded woman primarily as an object of masculine desire or fear.While the male surrealists attacked aspects of the bourgeois order, they reinforced the traditional patriarchal image of woman. Their emphasis on dreams, automatic writing, and the unconscious reveal some of the least inhibited masculine fantasies. The first resistance to the male surrealists' projection of the female figure arose in the writings and paintings of marginalized woman artists and writers associated with Surrealism. The essays in this collection explore the complexity of these women's works, which simultaneously employ and subvert the dominant discourse of male surrealists.
What Do Little Girls Dream Of: The Insurgent Writing of Gis�1/2le Prassinos - Finding What You Are Not Looking For - From D�1/2jeuner en fourrure to Caroline: Meret Oppenheim's Chronicle of Surrealism - Speaking with Forked Tongues: "Male" Discourse in "Female" Surrealism? - Androgyny: Interview with Meret Oppenheim - The Body Subversive: Corporeal Imagery in Carrington, Prassinos, and Mansour - Identity Crises: Joyce Mansour's Narratives - Joyce Mansour and Egyptian Mythology - In the Interim: The Constructivist Surrealism of Kay Sage - The Flight from Passion in Leonora Carrington's Literary Work - Beauty and/Is the Beast: Animal Symbology in the Work of Leonora Carrington, Remedio Varo, and Leonor Fini - Valentine, Andr�1/2, Paul et les autres, or the Surrealization of Valentine Hugo - Refashioning the World to the Image of Female Desire: The Collages of Aube Ell�1/2ou�1/2t - Eileen Agar - Statement by Dorothea Tanning
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Read information about the authorMary Ann Caws (born 1933) is an American author, art historian and literary critic
She is currently a Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is an expert on Surrealism and modern English and French literature, having written biographies of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James. She works on the interrelations of visual art and literary texts, has written biographies of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, edited the diaries, letters, and source material of Joseph Cornell. She has also written on André Breton, Robert Desnos, René Char, Yves Bonnefoy, Robert Motherwell, and Edmond Jabès. She served as the senior editor for the HarperCollins World Reader, and edited anthologies on Manifestos - Isms, Surrealism, Twentieth Century French Literature. Among others, she has translated Stéphane Mallarmé, Tristan Tzara, Pierre Reverdy, André Breton, Paul Éluard, Robert Desnos, and René Char.
Among the positions she has held are President, Association for Study of Dada and Surrealism, 1971-75 and President, Modern Language Association of America, 1983, Academy of Literary Studies, 1984-5, and the American Comparative Literature Association, 1989-91.
In October 2004, she published her autobiography, To the Boathouse: a Memoir (University Alabama Press), and in November 2008, a cookbook memoir: "Provencal Cooking: Savoring the Simple Life in France" (Pegasus Books).
She was married to Peter Caws and is the mother of Hilary Caws-Elwitt and of Matthew Caws, lead singer of the band Nada Surf. She is married to Dr. Boyce Bennett; they live in New York City.
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