Constructed Realities: Claude Cahun's Created World in Aveux Non Avenus
AuthorPustarfi, Erin F
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Art Hist
KeywordsAveux non Avenus
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PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
CitationErin F. Pustarfi (2020) Constructed Realities: Claude Cahun’s Created World in Aveux Non Avenus, Journal of Homosexuality, 67:5, 697-711, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1555391
JournalJOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY
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AbstractIn her 1930 publication, Aveux non Avenus, Claude Cahun used the relationship between her inwardly focused poetic writing and symbolic photomontages to construct a unique reality for self-expression. This article focuses on three chapters and respective photographic images from the publication to relate Cahun's, and by association her partner Marcel Moore's, discussion on sexuality and gender expression. The utopian dreamscape created investigates issues of narcissism and otherness, female homosexuality, dandyism and going beyond gender, individual and social critique, mocking the antiquated views of art and writing, accepting and breaking taboos, while allowing for other departures from the accepted norm. Through analysis of the publication and supporting evidence from early influences, it can be seen that Cahun created a world in Aveux non Avenus where she could exist in a space between the established feminine-masculine binary of 20th-century Europe.
Note12 month embargo; published online: 24 December 2018
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