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Walter Benjamin

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Overview Although the German-Jewish cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin’s relation to surrealism was peripheral, he was a perceptive early critic of the movement who recognized its significance as a symptom of the modern crisis...

Friedrich Schelling

Georges Sebbag

A writer with a doctorate in philosophy, Georges Sebbag participated in the activities of the surrealist group in Paris from 1964 to 1969. He has written texts on time and many books about surrealism. His most recent are Potence avec paratonnerre, Surréalisme et philosophie (2012) and Foucault Deleuze, Nouvelles Impressions du Surréalisme (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...In Paris Peasant, Louis Aragon introduces two old men from another century. The first, a doctor called Imagination, scampers about on a roller skate; with his get-up and mustaches in the Habsburg style, he could be identified...

Communism

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Introduction The surrealists’ relation with communism is complex and has been subject to much, often rather misinformed or muddled, discussion. The actual interactions between surrealists and communists in France during the period...

Design

Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Krzysztof Fijalkowski is Professor of Visual Culture at Norwich University of the Arts, UK, and has published widely on international surrealism. As an artist and writer, he has also participated in the activities of contemporary surrealist groups. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Other essays in this volume deal with specific aspects of design, but the aim here is to consider some underlying questions concerning the relationship between surrealism and design. If this has rarely been investigated, this echoes...

Walking

Petr Král

Petr Král is a poet and essayist. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Walking is a key phenomenon of modern poetry, and surrealism in its turn, to the extent that it participates in it, naturally includes walking in its arsenal. It has been claimed, with some justification, and precisely on the subject...

Louis Aragon

Georges Sebbag

A writer with a doctorate in philosophy, Georges Sebbag participated in the activities of the surrealist group in Paris from 1964 to 1969. He has written texts on time and many books about surrealism. His most recent are Potence avec paratonnerre, Surréalisme et philosophie (2012) and Foucault Deleuze, Nouvelles Impressions du Surréalisme (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 2 : Surrealists A–L

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...To the end of his life, Louis Aragon proclaimed his admiration for Maurice Barrès who contributed so much to his intellectual and romantic formation. Just as there were two Barrès (the Barrès of the Culte du moi, an anarchist and follower...

Guillaume Apollinaire

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Guillaume Apollinaire coined the word ‘surréaliste’ to describe a play that was neither symbolic nor idealist: his own play Les Mamelles de Tirésias, first performed in 1917. The encouragement Guillaume Apollinaire created for surrealists...

Isidore Ducasse

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Isidore Ducasse was born on April 4, 1846 in Montevideo (Uruguay). His father, François Ducasse, emigrated to “Amérique Méridionale” or “Banda Oriental” (as Uruguay was then called), became a clerk and then a chancellor at the French...

Humor

Dawn Ades

Dawn Ades is Professor Emerita at the University of Essex. Her publications include Dada and Surrealism (1974), Photomontage (1976), Salvador Dali (1982), Andre Masson (1994), Marcel Duchamp (with Neil Cox and David Hopkins, 1999), Surrealism in Latin America: Vivisimo muerto (with Rita Eder and Gabriela Speranza) (2012). She has curated or co-curated many major exhibitions on surrealism and linked themes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Almost all attempts to explain humor fail. One that doesn’t is André Breton’s Anthologie de l’humour noir (Anthology of Black Humor, 1940), not least because as an anthology it operates by example, not by exegesis. As Breton says: “There...

The Unconscious

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The question of the unconscious, of knowing how to envisage what could be functioning without our being aware of it, is omnipresent in surrealism, but neither André Breton nor any of the other main members of the group seem to have clearly...