The Postmodern Animal

The Postmodern Animal

Paperback Essays in Art & Culture

By (author) Steve Baker

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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 234mm x 15mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861890605
  • ISBN 13: 9781861890603
  • Illustrations note: 58 black & white illustrations, 16 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 328,346

Product description

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' best-selling Flaubert's Parrot.

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Author information

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

Review quote

'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