Simulating the Marvellous: Psychology - surrealism - postmodernism by David LomasSimulating the Marvellous: Psychology - surrealism - postmodernism by David Lomas

Simulating the Marvellous: Psychology - surrealism - postmodernism

byDavid Lomas, Jeremy Stubbs

Hardcover | December 30, 2013

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This book presents important new research on Surrealism and the culture from which it arose. It offers a fresh interpretation of Surrealist art and literature based around the theme of simulation. As the book shows, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, simulation arose in anumber of discrete contexts, in relation to hysteria and war neuroses, but more broadly it shadows the emergence of our concept of "the unconscious". Acknowledging simulation's relevance to Surrealism, this book argues, radically alters our understanding of their project and the terms in which one gauges its success or failure. It leads one to question the naive assumption that automatic writing or drawing represent an authentic outpouring of theunconscious and gives renewed significance to a figure such as Salvador Dali who embraced simulation and made it the basis of his art and aesthetic. It also points to one of the ways in which Surrealism chimes with a core preoccupation of contemporary art and theory.
David Lomas is Professor of Art History at the University of Manchester. Jeremy Stubbs is tutor in the University of London Institute in Paris.
Title:Simulating the Marvellous: Psychology - surrealism - postmodernismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.49 × 7.01 × 1.1 inPublished:December 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719088828

ISBN - 13:9780719088827

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Breton and Dalí: Elements of a Dialogue
Introduction: Simulation in Contexts
1. Psychological Medicine to Surrealism
2. Surrealism and the Salpêtrière Legacy
3. Convulsive Identity: Mimicry, Magic and Hysteria
4. A Theatre of Hysteria: Surrealism and the Postmodern Turn
5. Automatism, Pastiche, Simulation
6. Simulation Experiments: Science, Spiritualism and Surrealism
7. Painting the Simulacrum
8. Simulacra and the Order of Mimesis in Dalí and Glenn Brown
Selected Bibliography

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