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Sonia Friel

The fragmented body in the works of Jan Švankmajer and the Quay brothers

The varied nature of the output of Jan Švankmajer and the Quay brothers, both in terms of media, and the numerous subdivisions of artistic and theoretical schools with which they have been aligned, is often perceived as a barrier to the understanding of their work. Whilst critics have suggested that the hybrid cinema of such artists can signify an underlying identify flux, or cultures in transition, this flux is all too often depicted as a void which the artists must transcend in order to produce coherent and compelling pieces. This research groups the artists not as ‘surrealists’ or animators (as has often been the case) but on the basis of a mutual preoccupation with ambiguous spaces of textual and psychological identification, representation and adaption. An interdisciplinary methodology acknowledges overlapping influences and production networks, combining historical research with critical and literary theory.

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Sonia Friel