The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice fills a gap in the literature on the widely debated, deeply flawed yet influential concept of the uncanny through the lens of feminist theory and contemporary art practice. In the uncanny, which Freud famously described as the disturbing fallout of the return of the repressed, feminism discovered an unexpected ally in its attempt to forge subversive countercultural strategies, to claim a place in the canons of creative practice and critical theory, and to revolutionise them in doing so. Nevertheless, feminism and psychoanalysis do not always make a happy pairing: as with Marxism, their relationship has been deeply fraught as well as fertile. The feminist uncanny therefore emerges as not merely a subversive strategy but also a cipher of the troubled engagement between feminism and the theoretical apparatus of psychoanalysis, marked, as it is, by profound ambivalence. Despite being divided into two parts, 'theory' and 'practice', the book approaches critical theory and art practice as equal partners in constant, creative dialogue. Part One ('theory') charts the uncanniness of femininity in foundational psychoanalytic texts by Ernst Jentsch, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Mladen Dolar, and contextually introduces a range of feminist responses, by Terry Castle, Helene Cixous, and Sarah Kofman, among others, in which psychoanalysis becomes both target and weapon in the fight against patriarchy. Part Two ('practice') consists of thematically organised interpretations of famous feminist works, including Judy Chicago's Dinner Party, Faith Ringgold's story quilts and Susan Hiller's 'paraconceptualism', as well as less well-known practice, such as the Women's Postal Art Even (Feministo) and the work of Maud Sulter. Dead (lexicalised) metaphors, unhomely domesticity, identity and (dis)identification, and the tension between family stories and art's histories are examined in and from the perspective of different art practices and works, illustrating different aspects of the feminist uncanny. Through a 'partisan' yet comprehensive critical review of the fascinating concept of the uncanny, this monograph proposes a new concept, the feminist uncanny, which it upholds as one of the most enduring legacies of the Women's Liberation Movement in contemporary theory and art practice.Über den Autor:
Alexandra M. Kokoli is Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture - Fine Art at Middlesex University. She is the editor of Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference (2008) and Susan Hiller, The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts, 1977-2007 (2008).
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Buchbeschreibung Bloomsbury Academic Aug 2016, 2016. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 234x156x25 mm. Neuware - Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781472511393