History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Vittoria Lion


Email: vittoria.lion@mail.utoronto.ca

I am a writer and visual artist who both participates in Surrealist activities and engages in the academic study of the global Surrealist movement. My current research explores Surrealist and proto-Surrealist literature, with an emphasis on Surrealist temporalities and representations of the concepts of “deep time” and the unconscious; nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century (un)natural histories; the history of psychiatry; and theories of the uncanny and grotesque.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Dada and Surrealism
  • Psychoanalysis and visual art
  • Protest art and outsider art
  • Marginal imagery in the Middle Ages
  • Visual representations of disability
  • Visual representations of animals
  • Popular culture studies
Current Research
  • The Paleontology of the Self: Surrealism, Speculative Darwinism, and Psychoanalysis
  • BA (Hons) Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Selected Publications
  • “Disrupting Temple Grandin: Resisting a ‘Humane’ Face for Autistic and Animal Oppression.” In Cripping Critical Animal Studies, edited by Chloë Taylor and Kelly Struthers Montford. Forthcoming.

  • “Eating Exquisite Corpses and Drinking New Wine: The Chesapeake Ripper as the Authentic Surreal Murderer.” In Eating the Rude: Hannibal Lecter and the Fannibals, Criminals, and Legacy of America’s Favorite Cannibal, edited by Kyle Moody and Nicholas Yanes. Forthcoming.

  • “The Floodwaters of Babel.” Peculiar Mormyrid 5 (Spring 2017): 104–18.

  • “Hyenas and Hymens.” Feral Feminisms 6 (Fall 2016): 95–97.

  • Hyenas’ Birthday Party. Watercolour and acrylic on paper, 25.4 x 35 cm. Feral Feminisms 6 (Fall 2016): 98–99. Visual art.

  • Dionysus as a Leaping Bull. Acrylic on canvas, 35.5 x 45.7 cm. Feral Feminisms 6 (Fall 2016): 100–01. Visual art.

  • “‘A Dystopic Autistic Future’: Protecting Neoliberalism and the Human Race in ‘I Am Autism’ and Children of Men.” Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies 1 (Winter 2015): 103–16.

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