A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm

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'A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm' offers the first critical study of the literary work of the celebrated American painter and sculptor Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012). This fills a major gap in the scholarship, repositioning Tanning’s writing at the centre of her entire creative oeuvre and focusing on a little-known short story 'Abyss,' a gothic-flavoured, desert adventure which Tanning worked on intermittently throughout her creative life, finally publishing it in 2004 as 'Chasm: A Weekend.'

The book performs a major reassessment of the visual and literary principles upon which the surrealist movement was initially founded. Combining a groundbreaking methodological approach with reference to cultural theory and feminist aesthetics as well as Tanning’s unpublished journals and notes, this book reveals Tanning as a key player in contemporary art practice as well as in the historical surrealist milieu.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages152
ISBN (Electronic)9781315390581
ISBN (Print)9781032339825
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Surrealism


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