After-affects After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation in the Virtual Feminist Museum by Griselda PollockAfter-affects After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation in the Virtual Feminist Museum by Griselda Pollock

After-affects After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation in the Virtual Feminist Museum

byGriselda Pollock

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Do artists travel away from or towards trauma? Is trauma encrypted or inscribed in art? Or can aesthetic practices (after-images) bring about transformation of trauma, personal trauma or historical traumas? Can they do this in a way that does not imply cure or resolution of the traces(after-affects) of trauma? How do artists themselves process these traces as participants in and sensors for our life-worlds and histories, and how does the viewer, coming belatedly or from elsewhere, encounter works bearing such traces or seeking forms through which to touch and transform them? These are some of the questions posed by major feminist art historian and cultural analyst, Griselda Pollock, in her latest installation of the virtual feminist museum. In closely-read case studies, we encounter artworks by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois, Alina Szapocznikow,Anna Maria Maiolino, Vera Frenkel, Sarah Kofman and Chantal Akerman to explore trauma and bereavement, fatal illness, first- and second-generation Holocaust experience, migration, exile and the encounter with political horror and atrocity. Offering a specifically-feminist contribution to traumastudies, and a feminist psychoanalytical contribution to the study of contemporary art, this volume continues the conceptual innovations that have been the hall-mark of Pollock's dedicated exploration of feminist interventions in art's histories.

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Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the CentreCATH (Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds).
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Title:After-affects After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation in the Virtual Feminist MuseumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:August 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Trauma and Artworking
PART I: SOUNDS OF SUBJECTIVITY
1. Gasping at Violence: Daphne's Open Mouth and the Trauma of Gender
2. Seduction, Mourning and Invocation: The Geometry of Absence in Work by Louise Bourgeois
3. Being and Language: Anna Maria Maiolino's Gestures of Exile and Connection
PART II: MEMORIAL BODIES
4. Traumatic Encryption: The Sculptural Dissolutions of Alina Szapocznikow
5. Fictions of Fact: Memory in Transit in Vera Frenkel's Video Installation Works
PART III: PASSAGE THROUGH THE OBJECT
6. Deadly Objects and Dangerous Confessions: The Tale of Sarah Kofman's Father's Pen
7. '… that, again!': Pathosformula as Transport Station of Trauma in the Cinematic Journey of Chantal Akerman
Bibliography
Index

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"In this powerful latest book, Griselda Pollock brings her writing on her key concept of `the virtual feminist museum' to a new phase. What are the legacies of trauma in visual space? How might they be gendered? And is there a psychic realm to which women are closer that allows for agenerative creativity equal to the horrors of our times? Once again, the meticulous, detailed respect she shows towards her chosen women artists is matched by a sustained theoretical scrutiny, both of which have become the hallmark of her unique feminist intervention into our understanding ofimages." --Jacqueline Rose, Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London