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Francis Bacon

Critical and Theoretical Perspectives

Edited By Rina Arya

This collection of essays on Francis Bacon (1909-1992) pays tribute to the legacy, influence and power of his art. The volume widens the relevance of Bacon in the twenty-first century and looks at new ways of thinking about or reframing him. The contributors consider the interdisciplinary scope of Bacon’s work, which addresses issues in architecture, continental philosophy, critical theory, gender studies and the sociology of the body, among others. Bacon’s work is also considered in relation to other artists, philosophers and writers who share similar concerns. The innovation of the volume lies in this move away from both an art historical framework and a focus on the artist’s biographical details, in order to concentrate on new perspectives, such as how current scholars in different disciplines consider Bacon, what his relevance is to a contemporary audience, and the wider themes and issues that are raised by his work.

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Acknowledgements

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I would like to thank the following people who have greatly helped in the production of this book. Firstly, the contributors for their scholarship and interest in such a project; it wouldn’t have been possible without them. Thanks also to Hannah Godfrey for her enthusiasm and support through- out the process; Mary Critchley for her diligence and attention to detail; and Angela Airey for her meticulousness and helpfulness in compiling the index.

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