Morning Star: surrealism, marxism, anarchism, situationism, utopia

Paperback | May 1, 2010

byMichael LöwyIntroduction byDonald LaCoss

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An expanded edition of revered theorist Michael Löwy's Morning Star: Marxism and Surrealism (previously published in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Greek), this masterwork collects the author's essays on the ways in which surrealism intersected with a variety of revolutionary political approaches, ranging from utopian ideals to Marxism and situationism. Taking its title from André Breton's essay "Arcane 17," which casts the star as the searing firebrand of rebellion, Löwy's provocative work spans many perspectives. These include surrealist artists who were deeply interested in Marxism and anarchism (Breton among them), as well as Marxists who were deeply interested in surrealism (Walter Benjamin in particular).

Probing the dialectics of innovation, diversity, continuity, and unity throughout surrealism's international presence, Morning Star also incorporates analyses of Claude Cahun, Guy Debord, Pierre Naville, José Carlos Mariátegui and others, accompanied by numerous reproductions of surrealist art. An extraordinarily rich collection, Morning Star promises to ignite new dialogues regarding the very nature of dissent.

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An expanded edition of revered theorist Michael Löwy's Morning Star: Marxism and Surrealism (previously published in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Greek), this masterwork collects the author's essays on the ways in which surrealism intersected with a variety of revolutionary political approaches, ranging from utopian ideals...

MICHAEL LÖWY is Research Director in Sociology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research and the author of several books translated into twenty-eight languages, including The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s “On the Concept of History.” He has been a member of the Surrealist Mov...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:174 pages, 9 × 6.01 × 0.4 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Surrealism and Romantic AnticapitalismDon LaCoss1. Breaking Out of the Steel Cage!2. Morning Star: The New Myth from Romanticism to Surrealism3. The Libertarian Marxism of André Breton4. Incandescent Flame: Surrealism as a Romantic Revolutionary Movement5. The Revolution and the Intellectuals: Pierre Naville’s Revolutionary Pessimism and Surrealism6. Claude Cahun: The Extreme Point of the Needle7. Vincent Bounoure: A Sword Planted in the Snow8. Ody Saban: A Spring Ritual9. Consumed by Night's Fire: The Dark Romanticism of Guy Debord10. International Surrealism Since 1969NotesBibliographyIndex