From Art Nouveau to Surrealism: Belgian Modernity in the Making

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This volume of edited essays is the first one in English to offer a critical overview of the specific features of Belgian modernity from 1880 to 1940 in a multiplicity of disciplines: literature and poetry, politics, music, photography and drama. The first half of the book investigates the roots of twentieth century modernity in Belgian fin de siecle across a variety of genres (novel, poetry and drama), not only within but also beyond the boundaries of Symbolism. The contributors go on to examine the explosion of...

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Overview

This volume of edited essays is the first one in English to offer a critical overview of the specific features of Belgian modernity from 1880 to 1940 in a multiplicity of disciplines: literature and poetry, politics, music, photography and drama. The first half of the book investigates the roots of twentieth century modernity in Belgian fin de siecle across a variety of genres (novel, poetry and drama), not only within but also beyond the boundaries of Symbolism. The contributors go on to examine the explosion of Belgian culture on the international scene with the rise of the avant-gardes, notably Surrealism: and the contribution made in minor genres, such as the popular novels of Simenon and Jean Ray, and the Tintin comics of Herge.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904350644
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Legenda Main Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction   Nathalie Aubert   Pierre-Philippe Fraiture   Patrick McGuinness     1
Part I
Belgian Literature and the Symbolism of the Double   Patrick McGuinness     8
Maeterlinck and the Search for Music   Arnaud Rykner     23
On the Art of Crossing Borders: The Double Artist in Belgium, between Myth and Reality   Laurence Brogniez   Charlyne Audin     30
Belgian 'Negro' Fiction: Modernist Itinerary of a Didactic Genre   Pierre-Philippe Fraiture     41
Part II
Modernity and Politics   Paul Aron     58
Representation and Subjectivity: Belgian Playwrights and Modernity   Pierre Piret     68
A Sulphurous Time: Les contes du whisky by Jean Ray, a Translation of 'les Annees Folles'   Thomas Amos     78
Belgian Photography between the Two World Wars, or the Hesitations between Late Pictorialism and the New Vision   Danielle Leenaerts     95
Herge-Simenon, Thirties   Benoit Denis     110
A Road Story of the Belgian Avant-Garde$dAn Paenhuysen     128
The Avant-Garde on the Reworking of Tradition   Virginie Devillez     142
'Tranquil Independence': National Identity and Musical Modernity in Belgiumbetween the Wars   Valerie Dufour     152
Surrealism in Belgium between the Wars   Bibiane Freche     161
Twenty Years On - Distances: Belgian and French Surrealists and 'the' Revolution   Nathalie Aubert     174
The Splendours of Hatred: Louis Scutenaire between Surrealism and Situationism   Andrew Hussey     190
Bibliography     199
Index     205
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