Bringing jointly many Surrealist texts that experience by no means formerly been on hand in English, this assortment is a vital advisor for an individual who needs to appreciate the Surrealist move. together with a wealth of unique works, it lines its improvement within the phrases of the Surrealists themselves, supplying a definitive expression of Surrealism as a collective circulate. It indicates the level of Surrealist positions and pursuits and indicates how, having turn into a huge cultural phenomenon of the 20 th century, the problems it has raised stay important to present debates. overlaying the interval 1922-91, those key texts light up its philosophical, political and moral positions and find Surrealism in a broader social and cultural context. Comprising statements from Surrealist teams in Paris, Belgium, Romania, Sweden and Czechoslovakia, and signed via the main contributors, it unearths the foreign measurement of Surrealism and exhibits the way it has maintained energy in line with altering social and political exigencies. Chapters disguise the ancient orientation of Surrealism; its involvement with innovative politics; its moral issues and its safety of the 'security of the spirit'; and its place on colonialism. specifically, the amount brings recognition to the level to which Surrealism represented a 'collective experience' during which their shared pursuits introduced jointly teams of people to discover topics in universal. during this experience, Surrealism actually represented, as André Masson as soon as defined it, a 'collective event of individualism'.
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