Eroticism and Art

Eroticism and Art

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Art? Erotica? Or Pornography? Discussions of what actually constitutes erotic art are incredibly complex and usually highly controversial. The naked body in art has been with us since the earliest examples of Greek art and sculpture. The creation and display of such works of art has always inflamed opinion and today, even with our supposed relaxation of the codes of behaviour surrounding nudity, such images are considered provocative, dangerous, and are often unwelcome in the public sphere. Now - focusing on the last 150 years of western art, these debates are finally explored in an imaginative and engaging way using the latest research and analysis into this and related subject areas - by a woman.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 168 x 242 x 28mm | 920.81g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • Numerous full colour and halftone illustrations
  • 0192801872
  • 9780192801876

Review quote

'Mahon is never short of stimulating material. For a first book this is a considerable achievement, Finally, a mixed bouquet to OUP for producing a well designed, hardbound book with the vast majority of its more than a hundred illustrations in decent colour for only GBP20. Allusive and thought-provoking book.' Tom Rosenthal, The Independent '...Thoughtful book... hugely entertaining and provocative.' Iain Gale, Scotland on Sundayshow more

About Alyce Mahon

Alyce Mahon was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the Courtauld Institute in London. She is now Lecturer in Modern Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. She specializes in twentieth-century art and critical theory, with a particular research emphasis on Surrealism, French art and politics, and performance art.show more

Table of contents

1. The Rhetoric of the Nude; 2. The Naked Truth; 3. Primitive Drives; 4. The Erotic Body between the Wars; 5. Surrealism's Erotic Politics; 6. Erotic Art in Wartime and After; 7. Eros and the 1960s; 8. Visual Pleasure and Identity Politics; 9. Eroticism and the Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s; 10. Erotic Fragmentation and Abjection; Bibliographyshow more

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