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Women Surrealists: sexuality, fetish, femininity and female Surrealism

Stent, Sabina Daniela (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The objective of this thesis is to challenge the patriarchal traditions of Surrealism by examining the topic from the perspective of its women practitioners. Unlike past
research, which often focuses on the biographical details of women artists, this thesis provides a case study of a select group of women Surrealists – chosen for the variety
of their artistic practice and creativity – based on the close textual analysis of selected works. Specifically, this study will deal with names that are familiar (Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo), marginal (Elsa Schiaparelli) or simply ignored or dismissed within existing critical analyses (Alice Rahon). The focus of individual chapters will range from photography and sculpture to fashion, alchemy and folklore. By exploring subjects neglected in much orthodox male Surrealist practice, it will become evident that the women artists discussed here created their own form of Surrealism, one that was respectful and loyal to the movement’s founding principles even while it playfully and provocatively transformed them.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Forcer, Stephen
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Languages, Culture, Art History and Music
Subjects:N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
ND Painting
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3718
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