This book explores an artistic culture, which produces the unclassifiable, as a rule. It presents Belgian artistic culture from the 1890s to the 1940s. The book examines the theme of doubleness and reflection in Belgian Symbolism.
Introduction: Distance, Doubleness and Negation in the Belgian Avant-gardes Part I 1. Belgian Literature and the Symbolism of the Double 2. Maeterlinck and the Search for Music 3. On the Art of Crossing Borders: The Double Artist in Belgium, between Myth and Reality 4. Belgian 'Negro' Fiction: Modernist Itinerary of a Didactic Genre Part II 5. Modernity and Politics 6. Representation and Subjectivity: Belgian Playwrights and Modernity 7. A Sulphurous Time: Les contes du whisky by Jean Ray, a Translation of 'les AnnÃ©es Folles' 8. Belgian Photography between the Two World Wars, or the Hesitations between Late Pictorialism and the New Vision 9. Hergé–Simenon, Thirties 10. A Road Story of the Belgian Avant-Garde 11. The Avant-Garde on the Reworking of Tradition 12. Tranquil Independence': National Identity and Musical Modernity in Belgium between the Wars 13. Surrealism in Belgium between the Wars 14. Twenty years on — Distances: Belgian and French Surrealists and 'the' Revolution 15. The Splendours of Hatred: Louis Scutenaire between Surrealism and Situationism