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In Search of the Outlaw Cowgirl

Withers, Rachel (2008) In Search of the Outlaw Cowgirl. In: Susan Hiller: Outlaw Cowgirl and Other Works. BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, pp. 30-58.

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Withers, Rachel

A critical essay published in the catalogue accompanying a show of Susan Hiller’s work at the BAWAG Foundation Vienna. The essay considers the relationship of humour, psychoanalysis and feminism in Hiller’s work. It asks whether the humour in Hiller’s work may be characterized as cynical in the philosophical sense. However, it also associates Hiller herself with the figure of the “outlaw cowgirl”, and suggests that the full challenge and disturbance of certain key Hiller works relies on their “outlaw” character: they refuse to provide a legible moral framework. Out of this the essay poses a more general question about the tendency of some criticism to wish to characterize “radical practice” as ultimately emollient.

Official Website: http://www.bawag-foundation.at/index.php?id=92
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: BAWAG Foundation
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 2008
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 16:05
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 16:05
Item ID: 5807
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5807

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