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Disavowals: Or Cancelled Confessions

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  • Disavowals: Or Cancelled Confessions available on November 22 2019 from Indigo for 37.5
  • Disavowals: or Cancelled Confessions available on February 08 2015 from Amazon for 16.98
  • ISBN bar code 9780262533034 ξ3 registered July 02 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780262533034 ξ1 registered September 21 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780262533034 ξ2 registered February 28 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780262533034 ξ4 registered February 08 2015
  • Product category is Book
  • Manufacturered by The MIT Press

  • # 978026253303

  • Product weight is 1.17 lbs.
My soul is fragmentary.--from DisavowalsClaude Cahun (1894-1954), born Lucy Schwob, was a poet, performer, resistance fighter, prisoner, Surrealist, constructor and explorer of objects, photographer, and queer freak who invented her life by flaunting the interchangability of roles and playing with the ambivalence of identity. Whether feigning vulnerability on the arm of her lover and stepsister Suzanne Malherbe aka Marcel Moore (the other me), making theatrical public appearances in disguise (sailor, gymnast, gypsy), or making herself up (vampire, Buddha, mannequin, angel) for self-portraits and installations, she rendered opposites inoperative and exposed the thinness of gender and power constructs by reducing them to mere surface costumes. In May 1930 Éditions Carrefour of Paris published 500 copies of a book called Aveux non avenues, in which Cahun explored these same dialectics in book form. It is the nearest thing to a memoir Cahun wrote, but in fact the book is an anti-memoir, a critique of autobiography, where she uses subversive photomontages and statements to present herself as a force of genius possessed of the need to resist identification and to maintain within herself the mania of the exception. Disavowals is the first appearance of that work, widely considered to be her most important text, in English. Reproductions of the original photomontages introduce the various sections, which in turn explore Cahun''s distinctive ideas and obsessions--self-interrogation, narcissism, metamorphosis, love, gender-switching, humor, fear. An extensive introduction by Tate curator Jennifer Mundy sets the text in the context of Cahun''s life and art. Also included is a translation of the original preface by Cahun''s friend Pierre Mac Orlan, a comment by her biographer, François Leperlier, a note on the translation by Susan de Muth, and a postscript by Agnès Lhermitte.

    ^ (2014). Cancelled Confessions (revised Jul 2016)
    ^ Disavowals by Claude Cahun (2008, Paperback) (revised Mar 2015)
    ^ Disavowals: Or Cancelled Confessions Indigo. (revised Nov 2019)
    ^ Disavowals: or Cancelled Confessions, The Mit Press. Amazon. (revised Feb 2015)

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