Elizabeth Legge

Associate Professor


Fields of Study


Elizabeth Legge has written on Dada, Surrealism, and contemporary Canadian and British art, in a number of journals including Art History, Word and Image, and Representations. Her interests include: the ways that artists have worked with and against language, the relationship of language and image; and the instrumental uses of religious, racial, and national stereotypes and rhetorics in art. In 2005 she was a visiting professor at the Humanities Centre at Johns Hopkins University.

Selected Publications

  • “When Awe turns to ‘awww’:  Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog and the Cute Sublime,” in The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness, Joshua Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre, and Diane Negra eds. (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • “Boring Cool People: Some British Boredoms,” in Boredom Studies: Postdisciplinary Inquiries. Julian Haladyn and Michael Gardiner eds. (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • “Nothing, ventured: Paris Dada into Surrealism,” in David Hopkins ed., Blackwell Companion to Dada and Surrealism (London: Blackwell, 2016) 11,000 words
  • Michael Snow’s Wavelength (Afterall/MIT, 2009)
  • Max Ernst: The Psychoanalytic Sources, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989 (Series: “The Avant Garde”, ed. Stephen C. Foster)


Legge Wavelength; Max Ernst


PhD, Courtauld Institute