The traumatic surreal

Germanophone women artists and Surrealism after the Second World War

Author: Patricia Allmer

The Traumatic Surreal is the first major study to examine the ground-breaking roles played by Germanophone women artists working in surrealist traditions in responding to the traumatic events and legacies of the Second World War. Analysing works in a variety of media by leading artists and writers, the book redefines the post-war trajectories of Surrealism and recalibrates critical understanding of its relations to historical trauma. Chapters address artworks, writings, and compositions by the Swiss Meret Oppenheim, the German Unica Zürn, the Austrian Birgit Jürgenssen, the Luxembourg-Austrian Bady Minck, and the Austrian Olga Neuwirth and her collaboration with fellow Austrian Nobel-prize winning novelist Elfriede Jelinek. Locating each artist in their historical context, the book traces the development of the traumatic surreal through the wartime and post-war period.

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