Surrealism: Aesthetics and Politics

VMS 425S

Introduces basic principles and central issues of Surrealism investigating its relations with modernism. Examines Surrealist strategies (automatism, hypnosis, collage, found objects), themes (dreams, sexuality, d├ępaysement), and political agendas (Marxism, anti-colonialism, anarchism) across a wide range of verbal sources and visual artefacts and from a variety of angles: its precursors (Sade, Freud, Apollinaire), the practices in the Parisian scene in the 1920s, the European anti-fascist phase, reception of Parisian surrealism in the Caribbean, theoretical reflections by Benjamin and Adorno, the legacies (The Situationist International, May 1968, Pop Art). Conducted in French.
Curriculum Codes
  • FL
  • R
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • FRENCH 425S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring