Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp

Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp

by Amelia Jones
     
 

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… See more details below

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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. Adapting feminist, psychoanalytic, and Derridian conceptions of interpretation as an exchange of sexual identities, Jones offers highly charged readings of Duchamp's works and his theories of artistic production. She reconstructs Duchamp as an indeterminately 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521456548
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxix
1Introduction: Modernist Art History and the En-gendering of (Duchampian) Postmodernism1
2Duchamp as "Generative Patriarch" of American Postmodernists: The Antimasculinist, Antimodernist Lineage29
3The Living Author-Function: Duchamp's Authority63
4Duchamp's Seduction: Slippages of the Authorial "I"110
5The Ambivalence of Rrose Selavy and the (Male) Artist as "Only the Mother of the Work"146
Intertext: Re-placing Duchamp's Eroticism: "Seeing" Etant donnes from a Feminist Perspective191
6Concluding Remarks on the En-gendering of Marcel Duchamp205
Notes215
Index310

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