Surrealism: Aesthetics and Politics


Introduces basic principles and central issues of Surrealism investigating its relations with modernism. Examines Surrealist strategies (automatism, hypnosis, collage, found objects), themes (dreams, sexuality, dépaysement), and political agendas (Marxism, anti-colonialism, anarchism) across a wide range of verbal sources and visual artefacts and from a variety of angles: its precursors (Sade, Freud, Apollinaire), the practices in the Parisian scene in the 1920s, the European anti-fascist phase, reception of Parisian surrealism in the Caribbean, theoretical reflections by Benjamin and Adorno, the legacies (The Situationist International, May 1968, Pop Art). Conducted in French.
Curriculum Codes
  • FL
  • R
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • VMS 425S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring