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Surrealism and the Art of Crime
Author: Jonathan P. Eburne

ISBN: 9780801446740
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 17 July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.8 x 3.0
Description:
Corpses mark surrealism's path through the twentieth century, providing material evidence of the violence in modern life. Though the shifting group of poets, artists, and critics who made up the surrealist movement were witness to total war, revolutionary violence, and mass killing, it was the tawdry reality of everyday crime that fascinated them. Jonathan P. Eburne shows us how this focus reveals the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the thought and artwork of the surrealists and establishes their movement as a useful platform for addressing the contemporary problem of violence, both individual and political. In a book strikingly illustrated with surrealist artworks and their sometimes gruesome source material, Eburne addresses key individual works by both better-known surrealist writers and artists (including Andr?? Breton, Louis Aragon, Aim?? C??saire, Jacques Lacan, Georges Bataille, Max Ernst, and Salvador Dal??) and lesser-known figures (such as Ren?? Crevel, Simone Breton, Leonora Carrington, Benjamin P??ret, and Jules Monnerot). For Eburne the art of crime denotes an array of cultural production including sensationalist journalism, detec...

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