“The author does a good job of placing Dali’s theory-practice in the context not only of Surrealistic practices, but also of the dialectical method of Hegel and the phenomenological reduction theorized by Husserl. This discussion is detailed and insightful, bringing together in an original way the parallel operations of abstraction applied within philosophy and aesthetics. It is illuminating to juxtapose the abstractive tendencies in the arts of the period with the transcendental logics of the philosophers. This discussion is interesting for its own sake, and the author also extends it to clarify Dali’s position in the controversies surrounding the history of Surrealismhis relation to Breton’s version of Surrealism, Bataille, et al.” Gregory L. Ulmer, University of Florida
Dali and Postmodernism: This Is Not an Essenceby Marc J. LaFountain
By taking Dali’s “paranoiac-critical method” to the delirious extents Dali himself recommended, LaFountain demonstrates that Dali’s Surrealism/i>
Demonstrates that Dali's Surrealism anticipates postmodern tactics, and inaugurates "New Dali Studies" by offering an original interpretation of his relationship with the Surrealist canon.
By taking Dali’s “paranoiac-critical method” to the delirious extents Dali himself recommended, LaFountain demonstrates that Dali’s Surrealism anticipates tactics practiced by postmodern and poststructural critics. In particular, LaFountain advances the notion that “phantom meaning” displaced Surrealism’s “phantom object,” thereby creating a crisis of the subject and the object far in excess of that sought by Surrealist revolutionaries. Focusing on Dali’s magnificent painting, Endless Enigma, LaFountain inaugurates “New Dali Studies” by offering an original interpretation of Dali’s close, yet strained, relationship with André Breton and the Surrealist canon.
Meet the Author
Marc J. LaFountain is Professor, Department of Sociology, State University of West Georgia. He is a four-time recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar stipends.
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