Postmodernism And The En-gendering Of Marcel Duchamp by Amelia JonesPostmodernism And The En-gendering Of Marcel Duchamp by Amelia Jones

Postmodernism And The En-gendering Of Marcel Duchamp

byAmelia Jones

Paperback | August 25, 1995

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A critical analysis of postmodernism in the visual arts since the 1960s, this book focuses primarily on American texts that reference and construct Marcel Duchamp as the originator of postmodern art. Amelia Jones contends that Duchamp, through his 'readymades', (the standard terms used to describe Duchamp's works) has paradoxically served in a paternal role for post-1960s American artists, critics and art historians, who have attempted to construct a new tradition of artistic practice that counters the masculinist ideologies of Abstract Expressionism and Greenbergian modernism. Adapting feminist, psychoanalytic and Derridean conceptions of interpretation as an exchange of sexual identities, Jones offers highly charged readings that focus on the eroticism of Duchamp's works and on his theories of artistic production. She reconstructs Duchamp as an indeterminably gendered author whose gift to postmodernism might best be viewed in terms of the potential of his readymades to destructure the contradictory notions of sexual difference and subjectivity.
Title:Postmodernism And The En-gendering Of Marcel DuchampFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.71 inPublished:August 25, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521456541

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: modernist art history and the en-gendering of (Duchampian) postmodernism; 2. Duchamp as generative patriarch of American postmodernists: the anti-masculinist, anti-modernist lineage; 3. The living author-function: Duchamp's authority; 4. Duchamp's seduction: slippages of the authorial 'I'; 5. The ambivalence of Rose Sélavy and the (male) artist as 'only the mother of work'; intertext, re-placing Duchamp's eroticism: seeing étant donnés from a feminist perspective; 6. Concluding remarks on the en-gendering of Marcel Duchamp.

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This book serves as a critical analysis of postmodernism in the visual arts since the 1960s, focusing primarily on American texts that deem Marcel Duchamp to be the originator of postmodern art. Amelia Jones argues that through his 'readymades' Duchamp has paradoxically served in a paternal role for post-1960s American artists, critics, and art historians, who have attempted to construct a new tradition of artistic practice that counters the masculinist ideologies of Abstract Expressionism and Greenbergian modernism.

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'Jones' book serves an important function in demonstrating that even if Marcel Duchamp has entered the art-historical canon, he can never be comfortable there, and more importantly, his art will always subvert it from within.' Art in America