Surrealism Against The Current: Tracts and Declarations

Surrealism Against The Current: Tracts and Declarations

by Michael Richardson, Krzystof Fijalkowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745317790

ISBN-13: 9780745317793

Pub. Date: 09/20/2001

Publisher: Pluto Press

Bringing together many Surrealist texts that have never previously been available in English, this collection is an essential guide for anyone who wishes to understand the Surrealist movement. Including a wealth of original works, it traces its development in the words of the Surrealists themselves, offering a definitive expression of Surrealism as a collective

Overview

Bringing together many Surrealist texts that have never previously been available in English, this collection is an essential guide for anyone who wishes to understand the Surrealist movement. Including a wealth of original works, it traces its development in the words of the Surrealists themselves, offering a definitive expression of Surrealism as a collective movement. It shows the extent of Surrealist positions and interests and shows how, having become a major cultural phenomenon of the twentieth century, the issues it has raised remain central to current debates.

Covering the period 1922-91, these key texts illuminate its philosophical, political and ethical positions and locate Surrealism in a broader social and cultural context. Comprising statements from Surrealist groups in Paris, Belgium, Romania, Sweden and Czechoslovakia, and signed by the major participants, it reveals the international dimension of Surrealism and shows how it has maintained vitality in response to changing social and political exigencies. Chapters cover the historical orientation of Surrealism; its involvement with revolutionary politics; its ethical concerns and its defence of the "security of the spirit", and its position on colonialism. In particular, the volume brings attention to the extent to which Surrealism represented a "collective adventure" in which their shared interests brought together groups of individuals to explore themes in common. In this sense, Surrealism truly represented, as André Masson once described it, a "collective experience of individualism".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745317793
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
09/20/2001
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsviii
Introduction: Surrealism as a Collective Adventure1
Note on the Selection of Texts19
1.The Historical Orientation of Surrealism21
Introduction to La Revolution surrealiste22
Declaration of 27 January 192524
The Position of Surrealism25
Letter to Andre Breton29
Dialectics of the Dialectic32
Inaugural Rupture42
High Frequency49
Note for Le Surrealisme, meme51
Confronting the Liquidators52
Let's Get to the Point55
The Platform of Prague58
The Possible Against the Current66
When Surrealism Turned Fifty76
Hermetic Bird79
The Platform of Prague Twenty Years On81
2.Surrealism vis-a-vis Revolutionary Politics93
The Revolution First and Always!95
Burn Them Down!97
Mobilisation Against War is Not Peace99
'Planet Without a Visa'104
When the Surrealists Were Right106
The Knife in the Wound111
Counter-attack: Union of the Struggle of Revolutionary Intellectuals114
Declaration: 'The Truth About the Moscow Trials'117
For a Revolutionary Union119
Neither Your War Nor Your Peace!120
Binary Star: Letter to a Group of Militants121
Hungary, Rising Sun125
The Example of Cuba and the Revolution126
Neither Today Nor In This Way128
The Surrealists to the French Section of the Fourth International130
Portrait of the Enemy132
Down with France!134
The Public Sphere and Curiosity135
3.The Security of the Spirit139
Letter to the Head Doctors of Insane Asylums140
Address to the Dalai Lama141
Address to the Pope142
Open the Prisons/Disband the Army142
The Fiftieth Anniversary of Hysteria143
Read... Don't Read145
The Aragon Affair146
Poetry Transfigured148
The Fireships of Fear150
Back to Your Kennels, Yelpers of God152
See... Don't See155
Murderer!156
Facing the Mob157
The Heart's Hue and Cry159
Warning Shot159
Against Celine163
Expose the Physicists, Empty the Laboratories!164
It's Up to You166
Run If You Must167
The Stockholm Reminder172
beautiful like Beautiful Like173
4.Declarations on Colonialism180
To the Soldiers and Sailors181
The World in the Surrealist Era182
Don't Visit the Colonial Exhibition182
First Appraisal of the Colonial Exhibition185
Legitimate Defence188
Murderous Humanitarianism190
Freedom is a Vietnamese Word193
Declaration on the Right to Insubordination in the Algerian War195
Appendices198
Jean Schuster, The Fourth Canto198
Definitions of Surrealism203
Select Bibliography208
Notes210
Index216

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