Anatomical Fragments: Magritte, trauma and 'La Gâcheuse' [Fragments anatomiques : Magritte, le traumatisme et la gâcheuse]

Matheson, N. 2016. Anatomical Fragments: Magritte, trauma and 'La Gâcheuse' [Fragments anatomiques : Magritte, le traumatisme et la gâcheuse]. Mélusine. XXXVI, pp. 97-112.

TitleAnatomical Fragments: Magritte, trauma and 'La Gâcheuse' [Fragments anatomiques : Magritte, le traumatisme et la gâcheuse]
AuthorsMatheson, N.
Abstract

This article, a contribution to the Mélusine issue 'Masculin-féminin', considers René Magritte's controversial gouache 'La Gâcheuse' – a female torso with a skull in place of the head – in the light of trauma theory in the writings of Cathy Caruth. The article considers the role of anatomical drawings in Magritte's work and his deployment of the technique of resolving 'problems' within his works, as explained in his article 'La ligne de vie'.

KeywordsMagritte, surrealism, anatomy
JournalMélusine
Journal citationXXXVI, pp. 97-112
ISSN9782825145920
Year2016
PublisherAssociation pour la Recherche et l'Etude du Surréalisme (APRES)
Publication dates
Published28 Feb 2016

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