A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning's Chasm, Hardback Book

A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning's Chasm Hardback

Part of the Studies in Surrealism series


In A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning's Chasm, Catriona McAra offers the first critical study of the literary work of the celebrated American painter and sculptor Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012).

McAra 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. McAra 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a groundbreaking methodological approach with reference to cultural theory and feminist aesthetics as well as Tanning's unpublished journals and notes, McAra reveals Tanning as a key player in contemporary art practice as well as in the historical surrealist milieu.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128 pages, 8 Halftones, color; 42 Halftones, black and white; 8 Illustrations, color; 42 Illustratio
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada
  • ISBN: 9781472463449

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