Convulsive Beauty: Images of Hysteria and Transgressive Sexuality: Claude Cahun and Djuna Barnes

@article{Hutchison2003ConvulsiveBI,
  title={Convulsive Beauty: Images of Hysteria and Transgressive Sexuality: Claude Cahun and Djuna Barnes},
  author={Sharla Hutchison},
  journal={symploke},
  year={2003},
  volume={11},
  pages={212 - 226}
}
Sexual deviance and social transgression often formed a symbiotic relationship in the surrealist assault on normative culture. The best term to describe this relationship is "convulsive beauty/' a phrase that appears in Andre Breton's novel Nadja (1928) as well as in Mad Love (1937), and refers to surrealism's dedication to exhibiting disturbing upheavals in psychological coherence at the level of the individual mind or social body. Understood, in part, through psychological models for… Expand
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