Nerve languages : the critical response to the physiological psychology of Wilhelm Wundt by Dada and Surrealism

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Title: Nerve languages : the critical response to the physiological psychology of Wilhelm Wundt by Dada and Surrealism
Author: Mowris, Peter Michael
Abstract: Scholarship on Dada and Surrealism has established that psychology was a major intellectual source for artists in both groups . However , a burgeoning amount of recent work in both the history of art and of science indicates that types of psychology other than psychoanalysis permeated the historical context of the avant -garde . In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century , physiological psychology , for example , was the dominant science of the body and mind , which grounded psychic phenomena in structures of conduction in the nervous system . Modern artists saw within this discourse a fascinating and new theory of experience . In my selective history of the avant -garde’s reception and response to physiological psychology , I will argue that artists worked within and partially according to the basic tenets of this discourse , but that they reshaped its superstructural projections away from formations and taxonomies of normalcy in consciousness and action .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1341
Date: 2011-02-09

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Nerve languages : the critical response to the physiological psychology of Wilhelm Wundt by Dada and Surrealism. Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1341 .

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