Abject Visions: Powers of Horror in Art and Visual Culture

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Rina Arya, Nicholas Chare
Manchester University Press, 2016 - Art - 208 pages

Abject visions is a path-breaking volume that brings together major international scholars to reflect on the vital importance and relevance of the concept of abjection for the interpretation of modern and contemporary culture. This genuinely interdisciplinary collection draws on the work of Georges Bataille, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva and other key critical thinkers to produce innovative fresh readings of works of art, film, theatre and literature.

The clear and accessible essays that make up this volume extend the existing literature on abjection in exciting new ways, to demonstrate the enduring richness and applicability of the concept of abjection in cultural thinking and in contemporary art practice. The collection includes contributions that look beyond an Anglophone context, considering works by Chilean-Australian and Indigenous Canadian artists.

Abject visions will be of particular interest to both students and academics in the fields of Art History and Visual Cultures.

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About the author (2016)

Rina Arya is Reader in Visual Communication at the University of Wolverhampton Nicholas Chare is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of History of Art and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal

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