An exploration of surrealist concepts of the self and subjectivity from a psychoanalytic viewpoint. Employing a series of case studies devoted to individual artists, David Lomas arrives at a radical account of surrealist art and its cultural and intellectual roots.
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David Lomas is lecturer in the history of art at the University of Manchester.From Library Journal:
Lomas (history of art, Manchester Univ., UK) explores the relationship between Surrealism and psychoanalysis in his latest contribution to art historical literature. What is the status of the unconscious in surrealist images and objects, and how have these images historically shaped identity? The author's qualifications as a medical doctor and art historian allow him to breathe life into the standard rhetoric of Surrealism as therapy. After laying the groundwork in the introduction, he uses examples of specific artists and works to illuminate his theories. Did Andr Masson suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his war experiences? Was narcissism the neurosis that plagued Salvador Dal!? How did surrealist artists pass into the unconscious self and, in Andr Breton's words, "escape from the principle of identity"? Developments in psychoanalytic theory that prove to be a direct result of the theories of Surrealism are explored, and the use of psychoanalytic theory in delving into the meaning and purpose of art is extolled. This deep and broad text is recommended for collections specializing in art history and psychology. Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty P.L., Parma, OH
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Book Description Yale University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110300088000
Book Description Yale University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0300088000