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André Rolland De RenéVille

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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...A poet and critic, he participated in Le Grand Jeu, from which he was expelled in 1932 in the wake of the “Aragon affair”. A specialist in Rimbaud, his study Rimbaud le voyant attracted the attention of the surrealists and he later...

Arthur Rimbaud

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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...Rimbaud’s influence not only on modern poetry and literature, but also on the modern sensibility has been immense even though he had a mostly wretched life and the flame of his creativity only gleamed for a period of four years or so. He...

Rising Sign

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...It was in the immediate aftermath of the war, in January 1948, that André Breton published “Signe ascendant” a short essay in the first issue of the journal Néon. The text appears in manuscript form, and the quotations, also in Breton...

Karl Marx

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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...Beyond whatever relationship surrealism has with Marxism as a philosophical idea or with communism as a social or political movement, the person of Karl Marx—in the example he set in both his life and his work—has played a significant part...

Sublime Point

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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...At the beginning of the Second Manifesto, André Breton asserted that surrealism more than anything else tended “to provoke, from the intellectual and moral point of view, a crisis of consciousness of the most general and serious kind...

Desire

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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...In an essay written for the Tate Modern exhibition Surrealism Desire Unbound, the critic Hal Foster begins with this peculiar statement: “Everyone knows that the surrealists preached the liberation of desire” (Foster, 2001: 203...

Beauty

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The First World War-era neologism “surrealism” results directly from a history of heated debates about aesthetic definitions and applications of beauty in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century France. Above all, surrealist beauty...

Poetics

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The art and theory of poetry is fundamental to surrealism and appears prominently even in its earliest manifestations. Unlike Dada, surrealism consistently desired to maintain poetry as a core medium, mode, and tool within its experiments...

Romanticism

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...France has a tradition of literary currents—and artistic avant-gardes—which follow one another and sometimes fit together so as ultimately to form a kind of construction pleasing to the eye—while reassuring literature teachers. Surrealism...

Zen Buddhism

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Zen Buddhism was one of the elements some Japanese surrealists introduced into their practice. The Dadaist poet Shinkichi Takahashi (1901–87), inspired by the “Dada Manifesto,” gradually became absorbed in a research on Zen, and some recent...