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The Resource The freak-garde : extraordinary bodies and revolutionary art in America, Robin Blyn, (electronic resource)

The freak-garde : extraordinary bodies and revolutionary art in America, Robin Blyn, (electronic resource)

Label
The freak-garde : extraordinary bodies and revolutionary art in America
Title
The freak-garde
Title remainder
extraordinary bodies and revolutionary art in America
Statement of responsibility
Robin Blyn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
" Since the 1890s, American artists have employed the arts of the freak show to envision radically different ways of being. The result is a rich avant-garde tradition that critiques and challenges capitalism from within. The Freak-garde traces the arts of the freak show from P. T. Barnum to Matthew Barney and demonstrates how a form of mass culture entertainment became the basis for a distinctly American avant-garde tradition. Exploring a wide range of writers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists who have appropriated the arts of the freak show, Robin Blyn exposes the disturbing power of human curiosities and the desires they unleash. Through a series of incisive and often startling readings, Blyn reveals how such figures as Mark Twain, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, Lon Chaney, Nathanael West, and Diane Arbus use these desires to propose alternatives to the autonomous and repressed subject of liberal capitalism. Blyn explains how, rather than grounding revolutionary subjectivities in imaginary realms innocent of capitalism, freak-garde works manufacture new subjectivities by exploiting potentials inherent to capitalism itself. Defying conventional wisdom, The Freak-garde ultimately argues that postmodernism is not the death of the avant-garde but the inheritor of a vital and generative legacy. In doing so, the book establishes innovative approaches to American avant-garde practices and embodiment and lays the foundation for a more nuanced understanding of the disruptive potential of art under capitalism."--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blyn, Robin
Dewey number
700.973
LC call number
NX504
LC item number
.B59 2013
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arts
  • Arts, American
  • Freak shows
  • ART / History / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • HISTORY / United States / General
Label
The freak-garde : extraordinary bodies and revolutionary art in America, Robin Blyn, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-259) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction. Unbecoming Subjects: Freak Shows and the American Avant-garde -- 1. A Curious Education: Mark Twain's Corporate Persons -- 2. Between Silence and Sound: The Lon Chaney Sensation -- 3. Decadence in the Age of Fascism: Djuna Barnes's Freak Dandies -- 4. Dada in Hollywood: Nathanael West's Human Machines -- 5. The Biology of Revolution: Mapping Mutation with Diane Arbus -- Coda. Barnum & Bailey & Barney: Freak Show at the Guggenheim -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001061003
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780816678174
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013025240
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001061003
Label
The freak-garde : extraordinary bodies and revolutionary art in America, Robin Blyn, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-259) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction. Unbecoming Subjects: Freak Shows and the American Avant-garde -- 1. A Curious Education: Mark Twain's Corporate Persons -- 2. Between Silence and Sound: The Lon Chaney Sensation -- 3. Decadence in the Age of Fascism: Djuna Barnes's Freak Dandies -- 4. Dada in Hollywood: Nathanael West's Human Machines -- 5. The Biology of Revolution: Mapping Mutation with Diane Arbus -- Coda. Barnum & Bailey & Barney: Freak Show at the Guggenheim -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001061003
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780816678174
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013025240
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001061003

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