Dali and Postmodernism: This Is Not an Essence

Dali and Postmodernism: This Is Not an Essence

by Marc J. LaFountain


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791433256
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Series: SUNY series in Postmodern Culture Series
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Notes for "New Dali Studies"


Con-fusion and R(h)umors of Meaning

1. Openings, Scenes: Irreality, Surreality, Altereality

2. The Stinking Essence

3. Intermezzo: The Rhizomatic Hystericization of Symbol and Point

4. Phantom Meaning

5. X: Who's? Ethics, and Disaster



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