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Imagination

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Beloved imagination, what I like most in you is your unsparing quality. Stone Childhood is certainly greater than reality (Bachelard), and this because, nurtured and boundless, the imagination informs everything with values that increase...

Roger Caillois

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Described in 1974 by journalist Hector Bianciotti as “the last Encyclopedist,” Roger Caillois is best known for his involvement with surrealism and his sociological writings on myth, games, and the sacred. He was also the first French...

The College of Sociology

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Between November 1937 and July 1939, in the backroom of the Galéries du livre, bookshop in Paris a series of lectures and discussions took place under the title “The College of Sociology.” The “College” grouped together a number of figures...

Games

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The surrealists, some of whom became cultural theorists of the game, recognized the centrality of games during the rise of fascism in Western Europe. This entry offers a necessarily limited introduction to the vast scope and profound...

Animals

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The urban milieu of the city of Paris was both the physical and in no small way the symbolic backdrop against which surrealism unfolded. Its centrality is famously codified in Aragon’s Paris Peasant and Breton’s Nadja as well...

Acéphale

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Acéphale was an interdisciplinary project initiated and overseen by Georges Bataille from 1936 to 1939. Comprising both an illustrated public journal of religion, sociology, and philosophy, and an esoteric secret society whose members were...

The Marvelous

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

Encyclopedia Article

...The Marvelous The marvelous is one of the key concepts of surrealism, but it is also one of those that is most difficult to grasp. Invoked peremptorily by Breton in the first Manifesto (“the marvelous is always beautiful, anything...

Myth

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Following the end of the Second World War, André Breton announced that surrealism would undergo a certain change in direction and occupy itself with the search for a new myth. But while the wartime and post-war periods marked surrealism...

Nature

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The surrealists engage with nature in manifold ways, as both of a response to natural objects and environments and as a critique of the very category of the natural itself. Nature is explored through various perspectives within surrealism...

Dream

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

Encyclopedia Article

...The surrealists believe in the “omnipotence” of dream. They noted their dreams and published them without interpreting them. Although the dream according to Freud is the royal road to the unconscious, the surrealists agree with Grandville...