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Anahid Nersessian: In Meret Oppenheim’s Shoes, 4 May 2023

My Album: From Childhood to 1943 
by Meret Oppenheim, translated by Lisa Wenger and Martina Corgnati.
Scheidegger & Spiess, 324 pp., £42, September 2022, 978 3 03942 093 3
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The Loveliest Vowel Empties 
by Meret Oppenheim, translated by Kathleen Heil.
World Poetry Books, 128 pp., £18, February, 978 1 954218 08 6
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... Meret Oppenheim​ ’s Ma Gouvernante, a pair of white leather pumps trussed up like a Sunday roast and served on a silver platter, is an allegory of other-womanhood. In 1933, three years before she exhibited Ma Gouvernante at her first solo show, Oppenheim began an affair with Max Ernst. She was 20, studying art in Paris; he was 44. His wife, the painter Marie-Berthe Aurenche, was 29 ...

Hooted from the Stage

Susan Eilenberg: Living with Keats, 25 January 2024

Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph 
by Lucasta Miller.
Vintage, 357 pp., £12.99, April 2023, 978 1 5291 1090 6
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Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse 
by Anahid Nersessian.
Verso, 136 pp., £12.99, November 2022, 978 1 80429 034 7
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... dominates the book, but everything is treated with deep care and admirably intelligent judgment.Anahid Nersessian’s Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse presents itself as not for specialists and not for beginners. She describes it as a Barthesian love story, a set of ‘intimate, often idiosyncratic responses’ to the odes, which she says her ...

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