McAra, Catriona (2013) Sadeian Women: Erotic Violence in the Surrealist Spectacle. In: Violence and the Limits of Representation. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 69-89. ISBN 9781137296894

This article explores how erotic violence is represented in the Surrealist movement as a feminist stratagem through close reference to Angela Carter’s 'The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History' (1979). Grounding my analysis in the fairy tales and visual narratives of Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning, I consider the ways in which a violent erotic aesthetic has been reclaimed for a distinctly feminist wing of artists and writers in the post-Surrealist pantheon in rebellion against the normalising narratives of bourgeois masculinity which many male Surrealist artists, writers and thinkers remained guilty of subscription. Ultimately, I propose that Tanning and Carrington no longer be labeled under the limited heading of ‘woman Surrealists’ but instead opt for Carter’s more embodied and liberating notion of ‘Sadeian Women.’

Catriona McAra, Sadeian Women, 2013
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