‘Melusina after the scream’: Surrealism and the Hybrid Bodies of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo

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Title: ‘Melusina after the scream’: Surrealism and the Hybrid Bodies of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo
Authors: Plunkett, Tara
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10484
Date: 1-Aug-2018
Online since: 2019-05-16T08:21:26Z
Abstract: In his 1944 text, Arcane 17, the Surrealism-founder, André Breton advocated increased political power for women, and yet invoked the hybrid body of the femme-enfant, Melusina as the image through which to articulate his vision. This paper discusses the hybridisation of the female form in Surrealist images and texts by Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo, to question the role of the female hybrid body within Surrealism. Deliberately transgressive, visceral depictions of beastly hybrids are contrasted with harmonious visions of metamorphosis, to show how the gendering of hybrid bodies as female relates to the artists’ esoteric and exoteric depictions of human subjectivity.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Bulletin of Spanish Studies - Hispanic Studies and Researches on Spain, Portugal and Latin America
Volume: 95
Issue: 5
Start page: 493
End page: 510
Copyright (published version): 2018 Bulletin of Spanish Studies
Keywords: Leonora CarringtonRemedios VaroAndré BretonSurrealismFemaleHybridIdentitySubjectivityGilles DeleuzeRosi Braidotti
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2018.1497341
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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