Surrealist Women / Edition 1by Penelope Rosemont
Beginning in Paris in the 1920s, women poets, essayists, painters, and artists in other media have actively collaborated in defining and refining surrealism's basic project—achieving a higher, open, and dynamic consciousness, from which no aspect of the real or the imaginary is rejected. Indeed, few artistic or social movements can boast as many women… See more details below
Beginning in Paris in the 1920s, women poets, essayists, painters, and artists in other media have actively collaborated in defining and refining surrealism's basic project—achieving a higher, open, and dynamic consciousness, from which no aspect of the real or the imaginary is rejected. Indeed, few artistic or social movements can boast as many women forebears, founders, and participants—perhaps only feminism itself. Yet outside the movement, women's contributions to surrealism have been largely ignored or simply unknown.
This anthology, the first of its kind in any language, displays the range and significance of women's contributions to surrealism. Letting surrealist women speak for themselves, Penelope Rosemont has assembled nearly three hundred texts by ninety-six women from twenty-eight countries. She opens the book with a succinct summary of surrealism's basic aims and principles, followed by a discussion of the place of gender in the movement's origins. She then organizes the book into historical periods ranging from the 1920s to the present, with introductions that describe trends in the movement during each period. Rosemont also prefaces each surrealist's work with a brief biographical statement.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations
Introduction: All My Names Know Your Leap: Surrealist Women and Their Challenge
Notes on Individuals Frequently Cited in This Anthology
1. The First Women Surrealists, 1924-1929
Introduction: The Women of La Révolution surréaliste
Dream: I Am in a Field...
Surrealist Text: This Took Place in the Springtime...
The Exquisite Corpses
Surrealist Text: I Went into a Green Song...
Surrealist Text: Ivory Blue and Shady Satin...
Surrealist Manifestation at the Diaghilev Ballet
The Beginnings of the Surrealist Revolution
Surrealism, Ethnography, and Revolution
The Blue Wind
I Go, the Wind Pushing Me Along
Purity! Purity! Purity!
On Love: Reply to an Inquiry
My Passage in Surrealism
When It Comes to Love: Response to an Inquiry
Suzanne Muzard, Elsie Houston, and Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy
2. In the Service of Revolution, 1930-1939
Introduction: Women and Surrealism in the Thirties
The Invisible Adventure
Poetry Keeps Its Secret
Surrealism and Working-Class Emancipation
From life I still expect that overwhelming experience
Beware Domestic Objects!
How Come, White Man?
The Scottsboro Case
A Trip to Harlem
Pale Blue Line in a Forced Episode
The Empty Cage
The Little Girl of the Black Forest
Denise Bellon, Gala Dalí, Nusch Eluard, Yolande Oliviero
Experimental Research: On the Irrational Knowledge of the Object: The Crystal Ball of the Seers
Surrealism as Manifest in My Work
Where Is the Wagon Going?
If You Say the Right Word, I Can Sing...
Anyone That Sees Her White Fingers...
A Revolutionary Approach to Life and the World
The Ghost of Chateaubriand
A Community of Ethical Views
Four Poems from On the Bare Ground
Hourglass Lying Down
There Is the Fire
The Datura the Serpent
To a Woman to a Path
I Have Done My Best For You
Am I a Surrealist?
Women and the Spanish Revolution
You Came down from the Mountains...
When He Went Away...
The One Seated on the Stones of Cheops...
Frenzy, Sweet Little Child, You Sleep...
The Sand Camel
What We Put in Prison
The Scientific Aspect of Surrealism
On the Importance of Fantasy Life
Poetry and Dance
What Do I Need to Paint a Picture?
The Noise Will Start Tomorrow
3. Neither Your War Nor Your Peace: The Surrealist International, 1940-1945
Introduction: Women in the Surrealist Diaspora: First Principles and New Beginnings
André Breton, Poet
Discontent of a Civilization
1943: Surrealism and Us
The Domain of the Marvelous
Perchance to Dream
Women and Love through Private Property
I Paint My Own Reality
From Her Journal
The Buckets in My Head...
Where Will the Earth Fall?
Photography and Image
Scissors Strokes by the Clock...
I Prefer Your Uneasiness Like a Dark Lantern...
The Philosophers' Stone
Eardrops from Babylon
Complaint for a Sorcerer
Round the World with the Rumpus God....
"Everything Found on Land Is Found in the Sea"
Water-Stone of the Wise
On the Line
Back to the First Bar
The Growth at the Break
Pointed Out Like the Stars...
Ferns in a Hollow of Absence...
The Sleeping Woman
The Paintings of Alice Rahon Paalen
I Chose Photography
Ikbal El Alailly
Introduction to Vertu de l'Allemagne [The Virtue of Germany]
4. Surrealism versus the Cold War, 1946-1959
Introduction: Regroupment and Occultation: Women in the Surrealist Underground in the 1950s
I Lay My Head
Dance and Automatism
Emmy Bridgwater, Ithell Colquhoun, Iréne Hamoir, and Edith Rimmington
Surrealist Inquiry: What Do You Hate Most?
I Didn't Know Gertrude Stein
I Am the Tropical Night's High Noon
Art, Liberation, and Peace
The Image: Recognition of a Moment
The Big L
Peppermint Tower in Praise of Greedy Little Girls
The Mantic Stain: Surrealism and Automatism
Scandal with a Secret Face
"Blacker Than Black. . ."
About Cats and Magnolias
Poetry, Freedom of Being
On Slaves, Suffragettes, and the Whip
Concupiscence and Scandal: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism
Beautiful or Ugly It Doesn't Matter
Taking a Sight 1951
Painter and Magician
Reason and Safety Factors
One in the Other
Elisa Breton, Anne Segbers, and Toyen
Surrealist Inquiry: Would You Open the Door?
Into the Red Velvet
Practical Advice for Waiting
To Come, Possession, Prick Tease: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism
Automatism at a Crossroads
I Have to Write Down the Black Words
Points of Departure for a New Revolt
Of the Poison of Dreams
The Blue Spell
Light Throws Shadows
An Egg Hatches Out a Flame
Twilight (Between Dog and Wolf)
Marianne van Hirtum
In Those Rooms...
Abandon, Meeting, Orgasm, Seduce, Vice: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism
Comments on The Temptation of St. Anthony
On Magic Art: A Conversation, 1996
Painter and Writer
Depraved Person, License, Masturbation, Voyeur: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism
Notes from a Journal: The Occurrence of Meeting a Face Contra a Face
A Recipe: How to Produce Erotic Dreams
5. The Making of "May '68" and Its Sequels
Introduction: Women in the Surrealist Resurgence of the 1960s and 1970s
In Defense of Surrealism
Memoirs of a Lady Sheet Diviner
At the Women Warriors' Table
Enough or Still More
All Creation Is Androgynous: An Interview
The Conclusion Is Not Drawn
The Wind Turns
Annie Le Brun
Introduction to Drop Everything!
Where Are We in Relation to Surrealism?
Baking Chocolate and Dialectics
What Do I Know...
It's a Wonder
Lying in Ambush
Surrealism: A Liberating and Catalyzing Element in Germany Today
Automatic Text for Anne Ethuin
Night in the Shape of a Bison
Ten to One to No
Wild Glee from Elsewhere
Absolute Divergence: The International Surrealist Exhibition, 1965-1966
Are You a Surrealist?
Marianne van Hirtum
The Future of Surrealism: Response to an Inquiry
While We Spend Our Lives Ironing...
And I Shall Be the Mouth of Copper...
The Naked Truth
Surrealism: Rising Sign
I Will Tell You During the Walk...
Luiza Neto Jorge
"Monument to Birds" (Max Ernst)
The Force of Gravity
Caroline von Günderode
In a Copy of Les Chants de Maldoror
Secrets of Surrealist Magic Art
My Love, I Speak to You of a Love
My Special Madness
Dark Star, Black Star
Nancy Joyce Peters
To the Death of Mirrors
Nelly Kaplan's Néa: Woman and Eroticism in Film
Notes toward a Surrealist Dance
In the Line of Duty
Can We Disturb These Living Coffins?
A Symbol of Sin and Evil Thoughts: Introduction to Ibn Hazm Al-Andalusi
Their Games and Ours: A Note on Time-Travelers' Potlatch
Hilary Booth, Nancy Joyce Peters, Penelope Rosemont, Debra Taub
Surrealist Games: Time-Travelers' Potlatch
From These Husks Are Worlds Made
What Is a Woman?
The Cabbage Is a Rose
Nobody Will Give You Freedom, You Have to Take It
6. Surrealism: A Challenge to the Twenty-First Century
Introduction: Women and Surrealism Today and Tomorrow
Poetry: An Incitement to Revolt
"Lady from Shanghai"
Stunned by Freedom
I Don't Know Exactly
Emila Medková's Photographs and the Anthropomorphization of Detail
Determination of Time
Art History (Sandro Botticelli)
The Old Crow's Story
Where the Wolf Sings
Long Hot Summer: Great Black Music Today
Preface to I Am Rain
Our Skin Is Paper
Poem for Central America
How Old Is the Old Mole?
When I Look at Wifredo Lam's Paintings
Bumblebee, You Saw Big Mama
Life and Times of the Golden Goose
The Bad Days Will End
Revolution by Chance
The Volatilized Ceiling of Baron Munodi
Manifesto in Voices
Permutations of Desire
Costumes: Vehicles of Transformation
A Dance in the Forest
Imagination and Wilderness
Ivanir de Oliveira
Collage: Image of Revelation
Nicole E. Reiss
A Delirious Voyage inside a Circle
To Radicalize with Beauty and Love
A Game of Slight Disturbances
The Piece of Bone
The Sterile Dish
Nancy Joyce Peters
Women and Surrealism
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