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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

Stephen Eric Bronner
This is a very fine volume; it is inclusive, superbly researched, and the introductions are clearly written. . . . It should become a standard text of surrealism.
Stephen Eric Bronner, Professor of Political Science and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
Stephen Eric Bronner
This is a very fine volume; it is inclusive, superbly researched, and the introductions are clearly written. . . . It should become a standard text of surrealism.
Stephen Eric Bronner
This is a very fine volume; it is inclusive, superbly researched, and the introductions are clearly written. . . . It should become a standard text of surrealism.
-- Stephen Eric Bronner, Professor of Political Science and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292770881
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Surrealist Revolution Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
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
Renée Gauthier
Dream: I Am in a Field...

Simone Kahn
Surrealist Text: This Took Place in the Springtime...
The Exquisite Corpses

Denise Levy
Surrealist Text: I Went into a Green Song...
Surrealist Text: Ivory Blue and Shady Satin...

Nancy Canard
Surrealist Manifestation at the Diaghilev Ballet
The Beginnings of the Surrealist Revolution
Surrealism, Ethnography, and Revolution

Nadja
The Blue Wind

Fanny Beznos
I Go, the Wind Pushing Me Along
Purity! Purity! Purity!

Suzanne Muzard
On Love: Reply to an Inquiry
My Passage in Surrealism

Valentine Penrose
When It Comes to Love: Response to an Inquiry

Suzanne Muzard, Elsie Houston, and Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy
Surrealist Games

2. In the Service of Revolution, 1930-1939
Introduction: Women and Surrealism in the Thirties
Claude Cabun
Captive Balloon
The Invisible Adventure
Poetry Keeps Its Secret
Surrealism and Working-Class Emancipation
From life I still expect that overwhelming experience
Beware Domestic Objects!

Nancy Cunard
How Come, White Man?
The Scottsboro Case
A Trip to Harlem

Simone Yoyotte
Pale Blue Line in a Forced Episode
Half-Season

Greta Knutson
Foreign Land

Lise Debarme
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

Maruja Mallo
Surrealism as Manifest in My Work

Meret Oppenbeim
Where Is the Wagon Going?
If You Say the Right Word, I Can Sing...
Anyone That Sees Her White Fingers...

Jacqueline Lamba
A Revolutionary Approach to Life and the World

Gisèle Prassinos
Arrogant Hair
The Ghost of Chateaubriand

Toyen
A Community of Ethical Views

Alice Rahon
Four Poems from On the Bare Ground
Despair
Hourglass Lying Down

Valentine Penrose
There Is the Fire
The Datura the Serpent
To a Woman to a Path

Sheila Legge
I Have Done My Best For You

Eileen Agar
Am I a Surrealist?

Mary Low
Women and the Spanish Revolution

Marcelle Ferry
You Came down from the Mountains...
When He Went Away...
The One Seated on the Stones of Cheops...
Frenzy, Sweet Little Child, You Sleep...

Leonora Carrington
The Sand Camel

Grace Pailthorpe
What We Put in Prison
The Scientific Aspect of Surrealism
Surrealist Art
On the Importance of Fantasy Life

Hélène Vanel
Poetry and Dance

Ithell Colquhoun
What Do I Need to Paint a Picture?

Jeanne Megnen
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
Suzanne Césaire
André Breton, Poet
Discontent of a Civilization
1943: Surrealism and Us
The Domain of the Marvelous

Mary Low
Perchance to Dream
Women and Love through Private Property

Frida Kahlo
I Paint My Own Reality
From Her Journal

Lucie Thésée
Beautiful as...
The Buckets in My Head...
Where Will the Earth Fall?

Leonora Carrington
Down Below

Régine Raufast
Photography and Image

Laurence Iché
Scissors Strokes by the Clock...
I Prefer Your Uneasiness Like a Dark Lantern...
Unpublished Correspondence
The Philosophers' Stone

Gertrude Pape
The Lake
Eardrops from Babylon

Susy Hare
Complaint for a Sorcerer

Sonia Sekula
Womb

Meret Oppenbeim
Round the World with the Rumpus God....

Ithell Colquhoun
"Everything Found on Land Is Found in the Sea"
Water-Stone of the Wise

Emmy Bridgwater
On the Line
Back to the First Bar
The Journey
The Birds

Edith Rimmington
The Growth at the Break
The Sea-Gull

Alice Rahon
Pointed Out Like the Stars...
Little Epidermis
Sublimated Mercury
The Appellants
Ferns in a Hollow of Absence...
The Sleeping Woman

Eva Sulzer
Butterfly Dreams
Amerindian Art

Jacqueline Johnson
The Paintings of Alice Rahon Paalen
The Earth

Ida Kar
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
Thérèse Renaud
I Lay My Head

Françoise Sullivan
Dance and Automatism

Iréne Hamoir
Pearl
Aria
The Procession

Emmy Bridgwater, Ithell Colquhoun, Iréne Hamoir, and Edith Rimmington
Surrealist Inquiry: What Do You Hate Most?

Lise Debarme
I Didn't Know Gertrude Stein

Maria Martins
I Am the Tropical Night's High Noon
Art, Liberation, and Peace

Helen Phillips
The Image: Recognition of a Moment

Vera Hérold
The Big L

Gisèle Prassinos
Peppermint Tower in Praise of Greedy Little Girls

Ithell Colquhoun
The Mantic Stain: Surrealism and Automatism

Dorothea Tanning
Legend

Nora Mitrani
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

Valentine Penrose
I Dream
Beautiful or Ugly It Doesn't Matter

Jacqueline Johnson
Taking a Sight 1951

Alice Rahon
Painter and Magician

Jacqueline Senard
Reason and Safety Factors
Cat=Clover
Polar

Elisa Breton
One in the Other

Elisa Breton, Anne Segbers, and Toyen
Surrealist Inquiry: Would You Open the Door?

Joyce Mansour
Into the Red Velvet
Lovely Monster
Practical Advice for Waiting
To Come, Possession, Prick Tease: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism

Meret Oppenbeim
Automatism at a Crossroads
I Have to Write Down the Black Words

Judit Reigl
Points of Departure for a New Revolt

Isabel Meyrelles
Night Words

Anneliese Hager
Of the Poison of Dreams
The Blue Spell
Automatic Dream

Drahomira Vandas
Light Throws Shadows
An Egg Hatches Out a Flame
Rain Man

Olga Orozco
Twilight (Between Dog and Wolf)

Blanca Varela
Dance Card

Marianne van Hirtum
In Those Rooms...
Abandon, Meeting, Orgasm, Seduce, Vice: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism

Leonora Carrington
Comments on The Temptation of St. Anthony
On Magic Art: A Conversation, 1996

Kay Sage
Painter and Writer
An Observation
The Window
Chinoiserie
Fragrance

Mimi Parent
Depraved Person, License, Masturbation, Voyeur: Definitions from the Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism

Sonia Sekula
Notes from a Journal: The Occurrence of Meeting a Face Contra a Face

Remedios Varo
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
Nora Mitrani
In Defense of Surrealism

Nelly Kaplan
Memoirs of a Lady Sheet Diviner
At the Women Warriors' Table
Enough or Still More
All Creation Is Androgynous: An Interview

Nicole Espagnol
Female Socket
Heartstopping
The Conclusion Is Not Drawn
The Wind Turns

Annie Le Brun
Introduction to Drop Everything!

Giovanna
Where Are We in Relation to Surrealism?
Baking Chocolate and Dialectics
What Do I Know...
Therapy

Monique Charbonel
It's a Wonder

Unica Zürn
Lying in Ambush

Elisabeth Lenk
Surrealism: A Liberating and Catalyzing Element in Germany Today
Automatic Text for Anne Ethuin

Penelope Rosemont
Passage
Candle
Rising Asleep

Joyce Mansour
A Mango
Night in the Shape of a Bison
Ten to One to No
Wild Glee from Elsewhere
Absolute Divergence: The International Surrealist Exhibition, 1965-1966

Mimi Parent
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
Vampiro Nox
Surrealism: Rising Sign

Anne Ethuin
Legend

Isabel Meyrelles
I Will Tell You During the Walk...
Tyger, Tyger

Luiza Neto Jorge
Another Genealogy
"Monument to Birds" (Max Ernst)
Fable
The Force of Gravity
Sphericity: Ferocity

Alejandra Pizarnik
Caroline von Günderode
In a Copy of Les Chants de Maldoror

Leila Ferraz
Secrets of Surrealist Magic Art
My Love, I Speak to You of a Love

Rikki Ducornet
My Special Madness
Necromancy
Dark Star, Black Star
Machete
Clean

Nancy Joyce Peters
To the Death of Mirrors
General Strike
Nelly Kaplan's Néa: Woman and Eroticism in Film

Alice Farley
Notes toward a Surrealist Dance

Jayne Cortez
Consultation
Feathers
In the Line of Duty
Make Ifa
Say It

Haifa Zangana
Can We Disturb These Living Coffins?
A Symbol of Sin and Evil Thoughts: Introduction to Ibn Hazm Al-Andalusi

Hilary Booth
Their Games and Ours: A Note on Time-Travelers' Potlatch

Hilary Booth, Nancy Joyce Peters, Penelope Rosemont, Debra Taub
Surrealist Games: Time-Travelers' Potlatch

Valentine Penrose
From These Husks Are Worlds Made

Leonora Carrington
What Is a Woman?
The Cabbage Is a Rose

Meret Oppenbeim
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
Silvia Grénier
Salomé
Signs

Carmen Bruna
Poetry: An Incitement to Revolt
"Lady from Shanghai"
Moi-Même (Myself)

Eva Svankmajerová
Emancipation Cycle
Tactile Lids
Stunned by Freedom
I Don't Know Exactly

Alena Nádvorn'ková
Emila Medková's Photographs and the Anthropomorphization of Detail
Determination of Time
Art History (Sandro Botticelli)

Ivana Ciglinová
The Old Crow's Story

Mary Low
The Companion
Q.E.D.
Where the Wolf Sings
Encounter

Hilary Booth
Long Hot Summer: Great Black Music Today
Preface to I Am Rain
Our Skin Is Paper
Poem for Central America

Marie-Dominique Massoni
Two Seconds
How Old Is the Old Mole?

Haifa Zangana
What Choice?

Jayne Cortez
When I Look at Wifredo Lam's Paintings
Bumblebee, You Saw Big Mama
Sacred Trees

Penelope Rosemont
Life and Times of the Golden Goose
The Bad Days Will End
Revolution by Chance

Rikki Ducornet
The Volatilized Ceiling of Baron Munodi
Manifesto in Voices

Alice Farley
Permutations of Desire
Costumes: Vehicles of Transformation
Gesture

Irene Plazewska
Newton's Descent

Debra Taub
A Dance in the Forest
Exquisite Alchemy
Secret Melodies

Gina Litherland
Imagination and Wilderness

Ivanir de Oliveira
Collage: Image of Revelation

Nicole E. Reiss
Divagations
A Delirious Voyage inside a Circle

Elaine Parra
To Radicalize with Beauty and Love

Sarah Metcalf
A Game of Slight Disturbances

Katerina Pinosová
The Piece of Bone

Lenka Valacbová
The Sterile Dish

Kajsa Bergh
Desire

Petra Mandal
First-Hand Knowledge

Nancy Joyce Peters
Women and Surrealism

Bibliography
Index

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