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Maude Lavin

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Maude is a Professor of Visual and Critical Studies; Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Biography: Maud Lavin is a nonfiction writer and cultural historian. She is a professor of Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Maude Lavin on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Clean new world :
ISBN: 0262621703 OCLC: 44468842

MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. : ©2001.


Cut with the kitchen knife :
ISBN: 0300061641 OCLC: 25787559

Yale University Press, New Haven : ©1993.

This book on Hannah Hoch, explores the social construction of femininity in the mass media culture of Weimar Germany by focusing on the arresting photomontages of this Berlin Dada artist.

Push comes to shove :
ISBN: 0262123096 OCLC: 680434706

MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. : ©2010.

In the past, more often than not, aggressive women have been rebuked, told to keep a lid on, turn the other cheek, get over it. Repression more than aggression was seen as woman's domain. But recently there's been a noticeable cultural shift. With growing frequency, women's aggression is now celebrated in contemporary culture--in movies and TV, online ventures, and art. In Push Comes to Shove, Maud Lavin examines these new images of aggressive women and how they affect women's lives. Aggression, says Lavin, need not entail causing harm to another; we can think of it as the use of force to create change--fruitful, destructive, or both. And over the past twenty years, contemporary culture has shown women seizing this power. Lavin chooses provocative examples to explore the complexity of aggression, including the surfer girls in Blue Crush, Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, the homicidal women in Kill Bill, and artist Marlene McCarty's mural-sized Murder Girls. Women need aggression and need to use it consciously, Lavin writes. With Push Comes to Shove, she explores the questions of how to manifest aggression, how to represent it, and how to keep open a cultural space for it. --From publisher's description.

The business of holidays /
ISBN: 1580931502 OCLC: 54974427

Monacelli Press, New York : 2004.

"Contemporary holiday rites showcase a particularly American obsession with celebration - and the shopping, decorating, card sending, feasting, drinking, and advertising that goes along with it. This witty and satirical look at thirty-three of our most loved (and hated) holidays explores the history and the traditions, the kitsch and the color, of the business of holidays."--Jacket.

The oldest we've ever been :
ISBN: 0816526168 OCLC: 156902317

University of Arizona Press, Tucson : ©2008.

"In this engaging collection, editor Maud Lavin has enlisted seven talented writers to share their stories of midlife transitions, reflecting the unpredictable challenges and unexpected graces that characterize this multi-layered stage of life. From tales of divorce and dating though the lens of an eccentric collecting habit to the challenges of dealing with a close friend's grave illness, these memorable essays evoke a complex, honest, and often surprising picture of what it means to be middle-aged."--BOOK JACKET.