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Jean-Jacques Lebel and French Happenings of the 1960s: The Erotics of Revolution
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Jean-Jacques Lebel and French Happenings of the 1960s: The Erotics of Revolution (Hardback)

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Combining a broad overview of Jean-Jacques Lebel's coming-of-age

among the Surrealists and his rupture with the movement, Laurel Fredrickson focuses on two landmark happenings: the first, Burial of the Thing of Tinguely (1960), and the most scandalous, 120 Minutes dedicated to the Divine Marquis (1966).

In doing so, the study illustrates the development and significance of French happenings in relation to the cultural and political changes of the 1960s. Research in Lebel's personal archives and access to the restricted archive of Kristine Stiles, Lebel's close friend and confidant, are indispensable in the telling of this extraordinary historical and theoretical narrative that illuminates sensitive, often veiled dimensions of postwar French society, from the torture of civilians during the Algerian war, to government repression of cultural expression, to the sexual politics of nudity in art.

Laurel Jean Fredrickson is Assistant Professor of Art History at Southern Illinois University, USA.

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