Artaud: The Screaming Body

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Creation Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 126 pages
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This unique book, by the leading English-language authority on Artaud, explores the extremes of Artaud's work -- work that is traversed by forces of ecstacy and annihilation, and sutured together by a raw imagery of the screaming human body.

For the first time, the book gives a full and authoritative account of Artaud's film projects, and his conception of surrealist cinema. It examines his unique series of drawings of the fragmented human body, begun in the ward of a lunatic asylum and finished in a state of furious liberation. Finally, the book captures Artaud's ultimate experiment with the screaming body in the form of his censored recording To Have Done With The Judgement Of God -- an experiment which is unprecedented in the history of art, and which ultimately decimates that history.

The Screaming Body also expertly explores the links between Artaud's work and that of other legendary figures, counter-cultures and avant-garde groups, such as the Lettrist and Situationist movements, the Vienna Action Group, Tatsumi Hijikata and his Japanese Butoh performance art form, and many others.

The Screaming Body is an essential study for those seeking to document contemporary arts and culture.

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About the author (1999)

Stephen Barber is a noted cultural historian and author of many acclaimed books, including Burning World, the best-selling biography of Edmund White, Tokyo Vertigo, Caligula: Divine Carnage, Projected Cities, Jean Genet, Fragments of the European City and two studies of Antonin Artaud, The Screaming Body and Blows And Bombs. His writing has won many awards and been translated into Japanese, French, German and Italian. Formerly Professor of Digital Media at the University of Tokyo, he is currently Professor of Media Arts at Kingston University.

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