'Emphasising the diversity of twentieth-century collage practices, Rona Cran's book explores the role that it played in the work of Joseph Cornell, William Burroughs, Frank O'Hara, and Bob Dylan. For all four, collage was an important creative catalyst, employed cathartically, aggressively, and experimentally. Collage's catalytic effect, Cran argues, enabled each to overcome a potentially destabilising crisis in representation. Cornell, convinced that he was an artist and yet hampered by his inability to draw or paint, used collage to gain access to the art world and to show what he was capable of given the right medium. Burroughs' formal problems with linear composition were turned to his advantage by collage, which enabled him to move beyond narrative and chronological requirement. O'Hara used collage to navigate an effective path between plastic art and literature, and to choose the facets of each which best suited his compositional style. Bob Dylan's self-conscious application of collage techniques elevated his brand of rock-and-roll to a level of heightened aestheticism. Throughout her book, Cran shows that to delineate collage stringently as one thing or another is to severely limit our understanding of the work of the artists and writers who came to use it in non-traditional ways.' - from book introduction.

Including a bibliography and an index.

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Onsite

artist

Bob DYLAN

author

Rona CRAN

Location code REF.CRR2
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2014

No of pages

248

ISBN / ISSN

9781472430960

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Introduction: Catalysing Encounters
1. Habitat New York: Joseph Cornell's 'imaginative universe'
2. 'Confusion hath fuck his masterpiece': Re-reading William Burroughs, from Junky to Nova Express
3. 'Donc le poète est vraiment voleur du feu': Frank O'Hara and the Poetics of Love and Theft
4. Bob Dylan and Collage: 'A deliberate cultural jumble'
Conclusion: 'Yield us a new thought'
Collage in Twentieth-Century Art, Literature, and Culture: Joseph Cornell, William Burroughs, Frank
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