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Surrealist Art and Writing, 1919–1939

Surrealist Art and Writing, 1919–1939
The Gold of Time


Part of Contemporary Artists and their Critics

  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521657396


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  • Surrealist Art and Writing offers a fresh analysis of Surrealism, the avant-garde movement that, in its search for contemporary lyricism and imagery, united literature and art to politics and psychology. Examining Surrealism's main phases from a variety of perspectives, Jack Spector emphasises the rebellion of the protagonists against their middle-class education. In Manifestos and Manifestations the Surrealists promoted Marxist over liberal politics; Freudian psychoanalysis over French psychiatry; Hegelian dialectics over Cartesian logic; and the outmoded, psychotic, or childish over modernist art. This study offers a coherent overview of the exciting and important interwar period in Europe. In particular it places avant-garde ideas and imagery within the historical and political contexts of the 1920s and 30s, integrating them into contemporary artistic and ideological currents.

    • Coherent overview of exciting period in Europe between the wars
    • Fresh approach - addressing several contemporary theoretical approaches
    • Jargon-free, comprehensible writing
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    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521657396
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Breaking the institutional codes: revolution in the classroom
    3. The politics of dream and the dream of politics
    4. In the service of which revolution? An aborted incarnation of the dream: Marxism and Surrealism
    5. Surrealism and painting (The ineffable)
    6. The Surrealist woman and the colonial other.

  • Author

    Jack J. Spector, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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