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Antonin Artaud

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Antonin Artaud was a poet and theater theorist whose passage through the surrealist group lasted only two years, from late 1924 till late 1926, but whose contributions to surrealist publications only tapered off in 1928. Notwithstanding...

Colette Thomas

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 3 : Surrealists M – Z

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Colette Thomas was never directly involved in surrealism, but was one of a coterie of women who surrounded Antonin Artaud in his last years. An actress, she had been married to the novelist Henri Thomas, but her liaison with Artaud...

Taoism

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Although André Breton could say in the Second Manifesto of Surrealism that “when it comes to revolt, none of us must have any need of ancestors” (Breton, 1969b: 127), the surrealists have never stopped looking through the history of ideas...

Window Display

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...During the nineteenth century shop windows assumed a central role promoting commerce in major metropolitan areas. As pedestrian traffic increased along newly designed boulevards so too did opportunities to attract prospective buyers...

Dance

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Surrealism and . . . From the first essay on art published by André Breton in 1925 in La Révolution surréaliste the methodology of surrealism was conjunctive: Surrealism and Painting. The conjunction implied distance as also dialogue...

Musical Performance

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Contrary to common misinformation, music has not only been very much present and important for surrealists throughout the history of the movement, but there have actually been active musicians within it at most times. This is a brief...

Philosophical Pessimism

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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...One of the most crucial elements of surrealism is the emphasis and importance it places on doubt, a doubt that would become absolute. The experience of the first-generation surrealists, especially the fact that they lived through the First...

Charles Baudelaire

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Among those who appear in the surrealist pantheon from the beginning, Charles Baudelaire occupies an eminent position. Along with Rimbaud, who saw him as the “first clairvoyant, the king of poets, a true God,” and Lautréamont and Nerval...

Film Comedy

Nikos Stabakis

Nikos Stabakis is a translator, writer, and film theorist and a founding member of the Athens surrealist group. 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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...The surrealists’ long-standing interest in film comedy, which also informed some of the best-known film-making projects by participants in the movement, poses crucial questions regarding the notions and limitations of popular culture...

Madness

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The surrealists’ relationship to madness was fraught with complications and complexities, so much so that it may be best summarized by Salvador Dalí’s remark that the only difference between himself and a madman was that he was not mad...