Women In Dada
This book is the first to make the case that women's changing role in European and American society was critical to Dada. Debates about birth control and suffrage, a declining male population and expanding female workforce, the emergence of the New Woman, and Freudianism were among the forces that contributed to the dadaist enterprise.
Among the female dadaists discussed are the German émigré Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven; Berlin dadaist Hannah Höch; expatriate poet and artist Mina Loy; the "Queen of Greenwich Village," Clara Tice; Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, the lesbian couple who ran the Little Review; and Beatrice Wood, who died in 1998 at the age of 105. The book also addresses issues of colonialist racism, cross-dressing and dandyism, and the gendering of the machine.
About the Editor
Naomi Sawelson-Gorse is a California-based scholar and curator.
"Women in Dada performs an important function not merely in revivinglost reputations, but in raising issues that are as hot—if not asnew—today as they were in the Dada epoch."
—Linda Nochlin, Bookforum
"Important and stimulating. Its detailed accounts of major womendadas. . . are exceptionally valuable for the new historicalinformation they contain."
—Rachel Blackwell, The Bloomsbury Review