Nancy Spero: pain and politics, 1966-1976

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dc.contributor.advisor Krcma, Edward John en
dc.contributor.author Warriner, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-23T11:56:18Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-23T11:56:18Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Warriner, R. 2016. Nancy Spero: pain and politics, 1966-1976. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2600
dc.description.abstract The ten-year period that started with Nancy Spero’s War Series (1966-70) and ended with the completion of Torture of Women (1974-6) were of vital importance to the development of this key figure of feminist art. This was the moment when Spero turned her focus to politics, departing from a practice that was concerned with personal disaffection, instead focusing on profoundly social concerns. Essential to this evolution is a focus on pain. From the War Series through the Artaud Paintings (1970-71), Codex Artaud (1971-2), and Torture of Women, pain, both internal and external, was imagined in multiple forms. In Spero’s explorations of the theme, pain becomes metaphoric of the experience of women living under patriarchy, an amorphous but still profoundly disabling sensation that attacks both body and mind. This thesis explores Spero’s use of physical pain during moment of feminist art’s emergence, seeing it as a political metaphor for the way in which patriarchy invisibly controls and undermines women. Framed broadly by the question of art's relationship with politics during this turbulent period of anti-war and feminist activism, this thesis closely examines the way in which an analogy to pain figures the body in the work in complex terms, pursuing an ideological ambition through recourse to feeling. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Rachel Warriner. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Nancy Spero en
dc.subject Pain en
dc.subject Feminist art en
dc.subject Cultural politics of emotion en
dc.title Nancy Spero: pain and politics, 1966-1976 en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Art History en
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dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en


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