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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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Darren Ambrose, Canterbury Christ Church University Darren Ambrose is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy & Art Theory at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). His research on Deleuze and Bacon has led to an ongoing collaboration with the Estate of Francis Bacon, and a planned monograph dedicated to Deleuze and Bacon to be published in 2013 as Counterparts: A Study of Gilles Deleuze & Francis Bacon. He is currently researching notions of nihilism, apocalypse and belief in contemporary cinema, which will be published in 2013 by Zero Books as Film, Nihilism and the Restoration of Belief. Rina Arya, University of Wolverhampton Rina Arya is Reader in Visual Communication at the University of Wolverhampton. Her primary area of research is in art theory. She has published articles on Francis Bacon, Georges Bataille, and art and the- ology. Her monograph, Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World was published by Lund Humphries. She is currently working on a monograph about abjection and disgust entitled Abjection and Representation to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Nicholas Chare, University of Melbourne Nicholas Chare is Lecturer in Gender Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History, University of Leeds. He is a former editor of the journal parallax. He has published two mono- graphs, Auschwitz and Afterimages (2011) and After Francis Bacon (2012). 196 Notes on Contributors Martin Hammer, University of Kent Martin Hammer’s research has focused primarily on British art in the...

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