Book Chapters


IntersectionsC. McAra, ‘Emma’s Navel: Dorothea Tanning’s Narrative Sculpture’ in Intersections: Women/Surrealism/Modernism, edited by Patricia Allmer (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Framing the Ocean, 1700 to the Present, edited by Tricia CusackCo-authored with Victoria Carruthers, ‘Mermaids and Metaphors: Dorothea Tanning’s Surrealist Ocean’ in Framing the Ocean, 1700 to Present: Envisaging The Sea as Social Space in Western Art, edited by Tricia Cusack (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014), 211-222. Reviewed in The International Journal of Maritime History (2015).

Violence and the Limits of Representation, cover image courtesy of The Dorothea Tanning FoundationC. McAra, ‘Sadeian Women: Erotic Violence in the Surrealist Spectacle’ in Violence and the Limits of Representation, edited by Graham Matthews and Sam Goodman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 69-89.

The_Wider_Worlds_of_Jim_HensonC. McAra, ‘A Natural History of The Dark Crystal: The Conceptual Design of Brian Froud’ in The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson: Essays on His Work and Legacy Beyond ‘The Muppet Show’ and ‘Sesame Street’, edited by Jennifer C. Garlen and Anissa M. Graham (Jefferson: McFarland, 2013), 101-115. Reviewed by Joe Hennes in Tough Pigs (4 February 2013), and John Patrick Pazdziora in Gramarye (Winter 2014).

New Fairy Tales Essays and Stories, edited by Defne Çizakça and John Patrick Pazdziora , cover art by Faye DurstonC. McAra, ‘Anti-Fairy Tale Taxidermy: The Animations of Tessa Farmer’ in New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories, edited by Defne Çizakça and John Patrick Pazdziora (Chicago: Unlocking Press, 2013), 41-60.

C. McAra, ‘Longing for Endor: Little People and the Ideological Colonization of the European Fantasy Genre’ in Exploring the Cultural History of Continental European Freak Shows and ‘Enfreakment’, edited by Anna Kérchy and Andrea Zittlau (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), 266-282. Reviewed by Gaborják Ádám in Általános művészeti portal (November 2013).

Anti-tales, image by Robert Powell, graphics by Genevieve RyanC McAra, ‘ “Blind Date”: Tanning’s Surrealist Anti-tale’ in Anti-Tales: The Uses of Disenchantment, edited by C. McAra and D. Calvin (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 100-114. Reviewed in Gramarye (2012), Marvels and Tales (2012), The Kelvingrove Review (2011) and The Inklings Yearbook (2011).


Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales, image by Tomoko KonoikeC. McAra, ‘(Re-)Reading (Post-)Surrealism Through Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm: The Femme-Enfant Tears Through the Text’ in Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales: How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings, edited by Anna Kérchy (Lampeter and Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2011), 421-442. Reviewed in Marvels and Tales (2012) and Americana (2011).

The Apothecary's Chest, cover image from the Library of CongressC. McAra, ‘Prescription Narratives: Re-reading Joseph Cornell’s Pharmacy Series as Modernist Anti-dote’ in The Apothecary’s Chest: Magic, Art and Medication, edited by K. Georganta, F. Collignon, A. M. Millim (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), 59-70.

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