Art and Art History Department Chair Jennifer Shaw’s “Reading Claude Cahun’s Disavowals” has been reviewed by the College Art Association (CAA). The book was published in 2013 in the Ashgate Studies in Surrealism series. Shaw’s study examines Cahun’s “Disavowals” in the context of post-World War I France, exploring surrealist themes, gender, and sexual identity. The work was praised as an in depth study of photographic books, a field that has only recently become the subject of scholarly exploration.
Cahun’s “Disavowals” consists of ten photomontages and ten chapters. Written between 1919 and 1929, the text includes private letters, poems, and diary entries as well as Cahun’s previously published essays in literary journals.
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