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Studies in Surrealism


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With scholarly interest in Surrealism greater than ever, the Studies in Surrealism series serves as a forum for key areas of Surrealist inquiry today. This series extends the ongoing academic and popular interest in Surrealism, evident in recent studies that have rethought established areas of Surrealist activity and engagement, including those of politics, the object, photography, crime, and modern physics. Expanding and adding various lines of inquiry, books in the series examine Surrealism's intersections with philosophical, social, artistic, and literary themes. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of Surrealism include but are not limited to: nature; queer studies; humor and play; science; theory in the 1950s and 1960s; the New Novel; Surrealist activities beyond Paris. Proposals are welcomed for both monographs and essay collections dealing with the above subjects or with discussions of Surrealism in other aspects and genres. Monographic writings on artists and writers who have been generally overlooked by English-language scholarship (for instance, Victor Brauner, Toyen, Jorge Camacho) would also fall within the scope of this series.

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Remaking the Readymade Duchamp, Man Ray, and the Conundrum of the Replica

Remaking the Readymade: Duchamp, Man Ray, and the Conundrum of the Replica

1st Edition

By Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
July 03, 2020

Replication and originality are central concepts in the artistic oeuvres of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Remaking the Readymade reveals the underlying and previously unexplored processes and rationales for the collaboration between Duchamp, Man Ray, and Arturo Schwarz on the replication of ...

Surrealism, Occultism and Politics In Search of the Marvellous

Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvellous

1st Edition

Edited By Tessel M. Bauduin, Victoria Ferentinou, Daniel Zamani
February 26, 2020

This volume examines the relationship between occultism and Surrealism, specifically exploring the reception and appropriation of occult thought, motifs, tropes and techniques by Surrealist artists and writers in Europe and the Americas, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Its central focus is the ...

Àngel Planells’ Art and the Surrealist Canon

Àngel Planells’ Art and the Surrealist Canon

1st Edition

By Anna Vives
August 23, 2019

Having been mistakenly perceived as a follower of Salvador Dalí, Catalan surrealist painter and writer Àngel Planells (1901–1989) has passed through the history of art practically unnoticed. Yet his work suggests an influence on a number of works by Dalí, proving that a fairer way to define their ...

Angela Carter and Surrealism 'A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic'

Angela Carter and Surrealism: 'A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic'

1st Edition

By Anna Watz
January 17, 2019

In 1972, Angela Carter translated Xavière Gauthier’s ground-breaking feminist critique of the surrealist movement, Surréalisme et sexualité (1971). Although the translation was never published, the project at once confirmed and consolidated Carter’s previous interest in surrealism, representation, ...

Consuming Surrealism in American Culture Dissident Modernism

Consuming Surrealism in American Culture: Dissident Modernism

1st Edition

By Sandra Zalman
April 25, 2018

Consuming Surrealism in American Culture: Dissident Modernism argues that Surrealism worked as a powerful agitator to disrupt dominant ideas of modern art in the United States. Unlike standard accounts that focus on Surrealism in the U.S. during the 1940s as a point of departure for the ascendance ...

Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art

Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art

1st Edition

Edited By Anna Dezeuze, Julia Kelly
February 05, 2018

Taking its departure point from the 1933 surrealist photographs of ’involuntary sculptures’ by Brassaï and Dalí, Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art offers fresh perspectives on the sculptural object by relating it to both surrealist concerns with chance and the ...

André Breton in Exile The Poetics of

André Breton in Exile: The Poetics of "Occultation", 1941–1947

1st Edition

By Victoria Clouston
October 16, 2017

Following the journey of André Breton, the leader of the Surrealist movement, into exile during the Second World War, the author of this book traces the trajectory of his thought and poetic output from 1941–1948. Through a close examination of the major – and as yet little studied – works...

Surrealism and the Gothic Castles of the Interior

Surrealism and the Gothic: Castles of the Interior

1st Edition

By Neil Matheson
September 05, 2017

Surrealism and the Gothic is the first book-length analysis of the role played by the gothic in both the initial emergence of surrealism and at key moments in its subsequent development as an art and literary movement. The book argues the strong and sustained influence, not only of the classic ...

The Animal Surreal The Role of Darwin, Animals, and Evolution in Surrealism

The Animal Surreal: The Role of Darwin, Animals, and Evolution in Surrealism

1st Edition

By Kirsten Strom
May 15, 2017

The Animal Surreal situates Surrealism within the burgeoning field of Animal Studies by examining Surrealist representations of nonhuman animals through the lens of Darwinian theory. Unlike Marx and Freud, Darwin was rarely cited by name as a source for the Surrealists, and yet his influence is ...

Ludics in Surrealist Theatre and Beyond

Ludics in Surrealist Theatre and Beyond

1st Edition

By Vassiliki Rapti
February 27, 2017

Taking as its point of departure the complex question about whether Surrealist theatre exists, this book re-examines the much misunderstood artistic medium of theatre within Surrealism, especially when compared to poetry and painting. This study reconsiders Surrealist theatre specifically from the ...

A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm

A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm

1st Edition

By Catriona McAra
November 30, 2016

In A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm, Catriona McAra offers the first critical study of the literary work of the celebrated American painter and sculptor Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012). McAra fills a major gap in the scholarship, repositioning Tanning’s writing at the centre of ...

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia On the Needles of Days

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days

1st Edition

By Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael Richardson, Ian Walker
November 22, 2016

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days sheds much-needed light on the location of the greatest concentration of Surrealist photography and examines the culture and tradition within which it has taken root and flourished. The volume explores a rich and important ...

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