1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Surrealism

Edited By Kirsten Strom Copyright 2023
    424 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a conceptual and global overview of the field of Surrealist studies. Methodologically, the companion considers Surrealism’s many achievements, but also its historical shortcomings, to illuminate its connections to the historical and cultural moment(s) from which it originated and to assess both the ways in which it still shapes our world in inspiring ways and the ways in which it might appear problematic as we look back at it from a twenty-first-century vantage point. Contributions from experienced scholars will enable professors to teach the subject more broadly, by opening their eyes to aspects of the field that are on the margins of their expertise, and it will enable scholars to identify new areas of study in their own work, by indicating lines of research at a tangent to their own.

    The companion will reflect the interdisciplinarity of Surrealism by incorporating discussions pertaining to the visual arts, as well as literature, film, and political and intellectual history.


    Kirsten Strom

    Part One: Concepts and Practices

    Exploratory Themes

    1. Dreams and Humor

    Natalya Lusty

    2. Play, Games and Chance

    Susan Laxton

    3. The Marvelous and the Uncanny

    Andrea Gremels and Kirsten Strom

    4. Convulsive Beauty and Mad Love

    Gavin Parkinson

    5. The Occult, Magic and Alchemy

    Rachael Grew

    6. Toward a Total Animism: Surrealism and Nature

    Kristoffer Nohedon


    7. Capitalism and Colonialism

    Michael Richardson

    8. Limits Not Frontiers: Surrealist Resistance to Nationalism, Patriotism, and Militarism

    Krzysztof Fijalkowski

    9. Catholicism and Family Values

    Miguel Escribano

    Creative Applications

    10. Verbal Techniques

    Madeleine Chalmers

    11. Visual Techniques

    Elliott King

    12. Buñuel and Dalí, Un Chien andalou

    Elza Adamowicz

    Part Two: Lessons from Paris

    Tensions and Dissensions

    13. "Anarchy"…or Anarchism?: Dada in Paris and the Shifting Politics of Irreverence

    Theresa Papanikolas

    14. Georges Bataille, André Breton and the Culture of Surrealism

    Raymond Spiteri

    15. Surrealism and the French Communist Party

    Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

    Public Interfaces

    16. Surrealism’s Publics

    Rachel Silveri

    17. Surrealism on Display: American Reception and Expansion

    Sandra Zalman

    Part Three: Situated Contexts: Adaptations and Translations

    18. Surrealism in the Arab World

    Riad Kherdeen

    19. Surrealism and Australia

    Gavin Yates

    20. Surrealism in Belgium: A Never-Ending Story

    Pierre Taminiaux

    21. Surrealism in the Caribbean in the 1940s: Transnational Encounters

    Paulina Caro Troncoso

    22. Surrealism in Chicago

    Penelope Rosemont

    23. Surrealism in China

    Lauren Walden

    24. Surrealism in the Czech Lands

    Malynne Sternstein

    25. Surrealism in England

    Christina Heflin

    26. Surrealism in Greece

    Victoria Ferentinou

    27. Surealis Yogya and other Surrealist Moments in Indonesia in the Twentieth Century

    Tessel Bauduin

    28. Surrealism in Japan

    Chinghsin Wu

    29. Surrealism in Mexico

    Melanie Nicholson

    30. Romanian Surrealism

    Cosana Eram

    31. Scandinavian Surrealism

    Kerry Greaves

    32. Surrealist Dialogues in South America

    María Clara Bernal

    33. Surrealism and Spain

    Maite Barragán

    34. Surrealism and Post-War West Germany

    Patricia Allmer

    Part Four: Critical Dialogues

    The Politics of Collecting

    35. L’élan surréaliste: Surrealist aspirations and the power and primacy of Oceanic Art

    Maia Nuku

    36. The Surrealist Experience of Indigenous North America: A Second "Discovery" of the Americas

    Marco Polo Juarez Cruz

    Gender and Sexuality

    37. Feminist Encounters with Surrealism: Revisiting the Formative Critiques

    Anna Watz

    38. Visions of Androgyny

    Abigail Susik

    39. Radical Muses

    Catriona McAra and Jonathan P. Eburne

    40. Dismembered Muses and Mirrors that Bite: A Trans Perspective on Gender Variance in Surrealist Art

    Jordan Reznick

    Part Five: Further Reaches

    41. The Intellectual Resonances of Surrealism

    Bruce Baugh

    42. Surrealist Resonances in Contemporary Art

    Craig Adcock

    43. The Hybrid and Surreal Memoirs of Tameca Cole, Raymond Towler, Shay Youngblood and Steve Cormany

    Rochelle Spencer

    44. Inquiry on Surrealism in 2024

    Jonathan P. Eburne, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Andrea Gremels, Melanie Nicholson, Michael Richardson, Penelope Rosemont, Rachel Silveri, Rochelle Spencer, Abigail Susik, Pierre Taminiaux


    Kirsten Strom is Professor of Art History at Grand Valley State University.