Surrealist collage novels and the image as woman

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

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Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam - Invited speaker

In Surrealism of the 1920’s artistic techniques and strategies, such as collage, were developed across media boundaries – visual collage was inspired by textual collage and vice versa, and the effect of different media was considered to be about the same. In this talk I will investigate collage techniques and the relations between word and image in Louis Aragon’s novel Le Paysan de Paris, 1926. Surrealist images are both eroticized and feminine. But is this the case for images in general? In What do pictures want? The lives and loves of images (2005) J. W. T. Mitchell quotes Norman Bryson for saying that “the ‘default’ position of images is feminine, ‘constructing spectatorship […] around an opposition between woman as image and man as the bearer of the look’” (Mitchell 35). In my talk I will discuss this gendered notion of images looking into the dynamics of submission and empowerment.

In Surrealism of the 1920’s artistic techniques and strategies, such as collage, were developed across media boundaries – visual collage was inspired by textual collage and vice versa, and the effect of different media was considered to be about the same. In this talk I will investigate collage techniques and the relations between word and image in Louis Aragon’s novel Le Paysan de Paris, 1926. Surrealist images are both eroticized and feminine. But is this the case for images in general? In What do pictures want? The lives and loves of images (2005) J. W. T. Mitchell quotes Norman Bryson for saying that “the ‘default’ position of images is feminine, ‘constructing spectatorship […] around an opposition between woman as image and man as the bearer of the look’” (Mitchell 35). In my talk I will discuss this gendered notion of images looking into the dynamics of submission and empowerment.
22 Sep 2015

Seminar

Date21/09/201523/09/2015
LocationFuglsøcenteret
CityFuglsø
CountryDenmark

    Keywords

  • collage, image, gender, Surrealism, W J T Mitchell

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