Dada's women / Ruth Hemus.

by Hemus, Ruth, 1971-Looking glass.

Publisher: New Haven and London : Yale University Press, 2009.Description: 250 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780300141481.Subject(s): Arnauld, CélineLooking glass | Ball-Hennings, Emmy, 1885-1948Looking glass | Duchamp, Suzanne, 1889-1963Looking glass | Höch, Hannah, 1889-1978Looking glass | Taeuber-Arp, Sophie, 1889-1943Looking glass | Arts, Modern -- 20th centuryLooking glass | DadaismLooking glass | Women artistsLooking glass
Emmy Hennings -- Sophie Taeuber -- Hannah Höch -- Suzanne Duchamp -- Céline Arnauld.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-243) and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The European Dada movement of the early 20th century has long been regarded as a male preserve, one in which women have been relegated to footnotes or mentioned only as the wives, girlfriends, or sisters of Dada men. This fascinating book challenges that assumption, focusing on the creative contributions made to Dada by five pivotal European women.

Ruth Hemus establishes the ways in which Emmy Hennings and Sophie Taeuber in Zurich, Hannah H??ch in Berlin, and Suzanne Duchamp and C??line Arnauld in Paris made important interventions across fine art, literature, and performance. Hemus highlights how their techniques and approaches were characteristic of Dada's rebellion against aesthetic and cultural conventions, analyzes the impact of gender on each woman's work, and shows convincingly that they were innovators and not imitators. In its new and original perspective on Dada, the book broadens our appreciation and challenges accepted understandings of this revolutionary avant-garde movement.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-243) and index.

Emmy Hennings -- Sophie Taeuber -- Hannah Höch -- Suzanne Duchamp -- Céline Arnauld.

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An outgrowth of the author's doctoral dissertation, this work by Hemus (Royal Holloway, London) is a much-needed volume on the contributions of women in the Dada movement. Women in Dada: Essays on Sex, Gender, and Identity (1998), ed. by Naomi Sawelson-Gorse, was the first book to view Dada through the lens of gender studies. Hemus, however, focuses on the contributions of five European women who were innovative and critical to the movement. Her detailed study of these important women, three of whom were not included in the previous volume, is a welcome addition to a more complete understanding of the Dada movement. Accompanying the scholarly apparatus of this volume are plentiful illustrations of fine quality, 16 of which are in color. Hemus includes footnotes and a complete bibliography (divided into general resources followed by materials on each artist). An ample index adds to the usefulness of this work. Summing Up: Essential. Academic libraries supporting lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. R. A. Lockard University of Pittsburgh

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Ruth Hemus is an Early Career Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Royal Holloway, London.