Historical Dictionary of Surrealism by Keith AspleyHistorical Dictionary of Surrealism by Keith Aspley

Historical Dictionary of Surrealism

byKeith Aspley

Hardcover | September 25, 2010

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Surrealism was a broad movement, which attracted many adherents. It was organized and quite strictly disciplined, at least until the death of its leader, André Breton, in 1966. As a consequence, its membership was in a constant state of flux: persons were constantly being admitted and excluded, and often the latter continued to regard themselves as Surrealists. The wide-ranging nature of the Surrealist movement was spread over many countries and many different art forms, including painting, sculpture, cinema, photography, music, theater, and literature, most notably poetry. The Historical Dictionary of Surrealism relates the history of this movement through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on persons, circles, and groups who participated in the movement; a global entry on some of the journals and reviews they produced; and a sampling of major works of art, cinema, and literature.
Keith Aspley was successively an assistant lecturer, lecturer, senior lecturer, and an honorary fellow of the University of Edinburgh.
Title:Historical Dictionary of SurrealismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:574 pages, 8.88 × 5.86 × 1.54 inPublished:September 25, 2010Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810858479

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Editorial Reviews

Despite surrealism's celebration of the subconscious and eschewal of reason, the movement was nevertheless concerned with definitions. André Breton included a dictionary-style entry for surréalisme in his 1924 Manifeste du surréalisme and later explored juxtapositions of the absurd and the mundane in the 1938 Dictionnaire abrégé du surréalisme. To the mountain of literature that seeks to organize the far-reaching intellectual movement, Aspley (honorary fellow, Univ. of Edinburgh) adds this handy volume that organizes the breadth of surrealism into concise entries on artists, writers, artworks, and themes. A chronology highlights events that sparked the surrealist imagination, activities of formal surrealist groups, and exhibitions. An introductory essay and extensive bibliography are included. One of the few English-language reference sources about surrealism published in the last decade, Aspley's dictionary is useful for quick access to key terms and biographies. Summing Up: Recommended.