Leonor Fini’s abhuman family
in Surrealist women’s writing
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This chapter explores the three novels Leonor Fini published in the 1970s – Mourmour (1976), L’Oneiropompe (1978), and Rogomelec (1979). Reading these texts as autofictions that offer mythologised versions of Fini’s artistic life, the chapter demonstrates how they, like her art and domestic life, ultimately explore what Fini herself terms the abhuman. Fini’s fictional engagements with abhumanism, the chapter shows, involve a simultaneous movement away from the human and continued reference to its terms; the abhuman is for her a condition of transformation and crossing of thresholds, which disturbs the Cartesian mind/body dichotomy as well as the human form in favour of polymorphous and perverse intimacies that incorporate the animal, the vegetal, and the mineral.

Surrealist women’s writing

A critical exploration

Editor: Anna Watz

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