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Being Given, 1 Degree Art, 2 Degrees Crime Books

  • Autor: Jean-Michel Rabate
  • Editor: Sussex Academic Press
  • Relaese Date: 01 September 2006
  • ISBN: 1845191129
  • Format Book: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
  • Number of page: 228 pages
  • File Size: 57MB
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Description Being Given, 1 Degree Art, 2 Degrees Crime de Jean-Michel Rabate:

This title investigates links between avant-garde art and the aesthetics of crime in order to bridge the gap between high modernism and mass culture, as emblematised by tabloid reports of unsolved crimes. Throughout, Jean-Michel Rabate is concerned with two key questions: What is it that we enjoy when we read murder stories? and What has modern art to say about murder? Indeed, Rabate compels us to consider whether art itself is a form of murder. The book begins with Marcel Duchamp's fascination for trivia and found objects conjoined with his iconoclasm as an anti-artist. The visual parallels between the naked woman at the centre of his final work, "Etant Donnes", and a young woman who had been murdered in Los Angeles in January 1947, provides the specific point of departure. The text moves onward to Steven Hodel, the 'Black Dahlia' murder- Walter Benjamin's description of Eugene Atget's famous photographs of deserted Paris streets as presenting 'the scene of the crime'- and Ralph Roff's 1997 exhibition, which implied that modern art is indissociable from forensic gaze and a detective's outlook, a view first advanced by Edgar Allan Poe. Hardback edition is also available (ISBN: 1845191110). Jean-Michel Rabate has been a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 1992. He is a managing editor of the Journal of Modern Literature and a senior curator of Slought Foundation. He has authored or edited more than twenty books on Modernism, literary theory, psychoanalysis and contemporary art. Recent titles include: The Future of Theory (2002)- Ed. The Cambridge Companion to Jacques Lacan (2003), The Palgrave Guide to Joyce Studies (2004)- and forthcoming: Logiques du Mensonge.

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