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In The Postmodern Animal, Steve Baker explores how animal imagery has been used in modern and contemporary art and performance, and in postmodern philosophy and literature, to suggest and shape ideas about identity and creativity. Baker cogently analyzes the work of such British and American artists as Olly and Suzi, Mark Dion, Paula Rego and Sue Coe, at the same time looking critically at the constructions, performances and installations of Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys and other significant late twentieth-century artists. Baker's book draws parallels between the animal's place in postmodern art and poststructuralist theory, drawing on works as diverse as Jacques Derrida's recent analysis of the role of animals in philosophical thought and Julian Barnes's best-selling Flaubert's Parrot.

This is a wonderful book ... Steve Baker provides the most cogent explanation so far of how the questioning of human identity ineluctably raises issues about animals... He has given us a great gift, an understanding of a process unfolding during our own time.?Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat

Steve Baker is Senior Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Central Lancashire and is the author of Picturing the Beast (1993).

Synopsis:

In this text, Steve Baker explores how animal imagery has been used in modern and contemporary art and performance, and in postmodern philosophy and literature, to suggest and shape ideas about identity and creativity.

Synopsis:

In The Postmodern Animal, Steve Baker explores how animal imagery has been used in modern and contemporary art and performance, and in postmodern philosophy and literature, to suggest and shape ideas about identity and creativity. Baker cogently analyses the work of such European and American artists as Olly and Suzi, Mark Dion, Paula Rego and Sue Coe, at the same time looking critically at the constructions, performances and installations of Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys and other significant late twentieth-century artists. Baker's book draws parallels between the animal's place in postmodern art and poststructuralist theory, drawing on works as diverse as Jacques Derrida's recent analysis of the role of animals in philosophical thought and Julian Barnes's best-selling Flaubert's Parrot.

About the Author

Steve Baker is Senior Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Central Lancashire and is the author of Picturing the Beast (1993).

Table of Contents

1. What is the Postmodern Animal?

2. Animals and Ironies

3. The Human, Made Strange

4. The Unmeaning of Animals

5. Leopards in the Temple

6. The Animal's Line of Flight

7. The Artist's Undoing

8. Fear of the Familiar

References

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861890603
Author:
Baker, Steve
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Postmodernism
Subject:
Animals in art
Subject:
Animals in literature
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture
Series Volume:
PNW-GTR-461
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.13x6.10x.60 in. 1.13 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this text, Steve Baker explores how animal imagery has been used in modern and contemporary art and performance, and in postmodern philosophy and literature, to suggest and shape ideas about identity and creativity.
"Synopsis" by ,
In The Postmodern Animal, Steve Baker explores how animal imagery has been used in modern and contemporary art and performance, and in postmodern philosophy and literature, to suggest and shape ideas about identity and creativity. Baker cogently analyses the work of such European and American artists as Olly and Suzi, Mark Dion, Paula Rego and Sue Coe, at the same time looking critically at the constructions, performances and installations of Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys and other significant late twentieth-century artists. Baker's book draws parallels between the animal's place in postmodern art and poststructuralist theory, drawing on works as diverse as Jacques Derrida's recent analysis of the role of animals in philosophical thought and Julian Barnes's best-selling Flaubert's Parrot.
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