Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies

Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies


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The English born artist and writer Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) has received much critical acclaim and achieved stellar status in Mexico, where she lived and worked for most of her life, having fled Europe via Spain in tormenting circumstances. Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies brings together a collection of chapters that constitute a range of artistic, scholarly and creative responses to the realm of Carrington emphasizing how her work becomes a medium, a milieu, and a provocation for new thinking, being and imagining in the world. The diversity of contributions from scholars, early career researchers, and artists, include unpublished papers, interviews, creative provocations, and writing from practice-led interventions. Collectively they explore, question, and enable new ways of thinking with Carrington’s legacy.

Wishing to expand on recent important scholarly publications by established Carrington researchers which have brought historical and international significance to the artist’s legacy, this volume offers new perspectives on the artist’s relevance in feminist thinking and artistic methodologies.

Conscious of Carrington’s reluctance to engage in critical analysis of her artwork we have approached this scholarly task through a lens of give and return that the artist herself musingly articulates in her 1965 mock-manifesto Jezzamathatics: “I was decubing the root of a Hyperbollick Symposium … when the latent metamorphosis blurted the great unexpected shriek into something between a squeak and a smile. IT GAVE, so to speak, in order to return.” (Aberth, 2010:149). In adopting her playful conjecture, this publication seeks to bring Carrington and her work to further prominence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781648890246
Publisher: Vernon Art and Science
Publication date: 05/06/2020
Series: Series in Art
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Ailsa Cox is Professor of Short Fiction at Edge Hill University, UK. Her books include The Real Louise and Other Stories (Headland Press, 2009) and Writing Short Stories (Routledge, second edition 2016). Her story, "Bias Cut", written in homage to Leonora Carrington, was published in the journal Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World in 2015

James Hewison is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University, UK. He has made, performed and toured nationally and internationally in professional dance and physical theatre practice since 1991, notably with Vtol Dance, and Volcano Theatre Company. James' most recent publication is the chapter, 'Shakespeare and L.O.V.E.: dance and desire in the Sonnets' (2019) in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, L. McCulloch and B. Shaw (eds.) New York: Oxford University Press, pp.525-544.

Michelle Man is Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University, UK. From 1989-2012 she was based in Madrid, developing her career as a dancer, choreographer and pedagogue. Her choreographic work has been seen in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Korea and the UK in both theatre and site-sensitive contexts. Michelle fosters interdisciplinary performance environments, working with architects, composers, designers, musicians and circus artists. She is currently a PhD Researcher at the University of Surrey with the thesis "Light and the Choreographic" under the supervision of Dr Rachel Hann and Dr Adam Alston. www.michelle-man.com

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Contributors and Editors


Foreword: Leonora’s Dépaysement

Gabriel Weisz Carrington

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico


Michelle Man with Ailsa Cox

Edge Hill University

James Hewison

Edge Hill University

Roger Shannon

Edge Hill University

Chapter 1 A Feminist Marvellous: Chloe Aridjis and the Female Human Animal

Catriona McAra

Leeds Arts University

Chapter 2 “I was in another place”: the liminal journey in Leonora Carrington’s Down Below

Alessia Zinnari

University of Glasgow

Chapter 3 Riding Along the Edge: the shifting subjectivities of Leonora Carrington’s hybrids

Tara Plunkett

University College Dublin

Chapter 4 Imaginarium: dancing with Carrington

James Hewison

Edge Hill University

Michelle Man

Edge Hill University

Chapter 5 Lucid Madness as Method? Surrealist style in Leonora Carrington’s Down Below

Andrea Gremels

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Chapter 6 Alchemical Adaptations: Performing Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet

Jon Lee

London South Bank University

Georgina Sowerby

London South Bank University

Chapter 7 Leonora, the Battlefield

Julia Salmerón

Universidad Autonóma de Madrid, Spain

Chapter 8 Finding Leonora Carrington: A Collection of Poems

Penny Sharman

Chapter 9 Creativity and Women’s Time in the Work of Leonora Carrington

Alicia Kent

King's College London

Chapter 10 If These Walls Could Talk: Leonora Carrington’s Psycho-Spatial Rooms

Felicity Gee

University of Exeter

Chapter 11 Leonora, Fly! A story by Claire Dean

Claire Dean

Edge Hill University

Chapter 12 In Conversation with Gabriel Weisz Carrington


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