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Author Vilaseca, David, 1964-

Title The apocryphal subject : masochism, identification, and paranoia in Salvador Dalí's autobiographical writings / David Vilaseca.

Published New York : P. Lang, c1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  759.6 VILA    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 249 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Catalan studies, 1058-1642 ; vol. 17
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-238) and index.
Contents Introduction: Psychoanalysis and Salvador Dali's Autobiographical Writings -- 1. A Desire to Ignore: A Selected Review of Criticism on Salvador Dali -- 2. The Anti-Homo: Homosexuality and the Rejection of the Double in Dali's Autobiographical Writings -- 3. Pleasures of Self-Shattering: Abjection and Masochism in Dali's Autobiographical Writings -- 4. Dressed to Kill?: (Trans)Dressing, Projection and Parody in Dali's Autobiographical Writings -- 5. The Birth of a Genius: Paranoia, Identification and the Law of the Apocryphal Subject -- Conclusion: From Dali's Identity to an Other.
Summary A self-appointed "genius," Salvador Dali (1904-1989) represents one of the most original, controversial and profoundly subversive phenomena in contemporary Western culture. This study focuses on the artist's autobiographical writings - particularly on The Secret Life of Salvador Dali (1942) - proposing that without a notion of fantasy and identification, we are unable either to understand Dali's own subjective movements in the memoirs or what he has come to represent for us. The Apocryphal Subject is the first book to adopt a poststructuralist perspective for the study of Dali's writings, offering new insights on, for example, the artist's attachments to Federico G. Lorca and his wife Gala.
The book draws extensively upon current debates in deconstructive and psychoanalytic criticism (particularly on the themes of homosexuality, masochism, abjection and paranoia), showing how no writer demonstrates more forcefully than Dali the irreducible contradictions and plurality of desires which constitute our contemporary postmodern identities.
Subject Dalí, Salvador, 1904-1989 -- Psychology.
ISBN 0820425818 (alk. paper)