One Hundred Years of Surrealist Poetry: Theory and Practice (Paperback)

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One Hundred Years of Surrealist Poetry: Theory and Practice (Paperback)


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Given that the Surrealists were initially met with widespread incomprehension, mercilessly ridiculed, and treated as madmen, it is remarkable that more than one hundred years on we still feel the vitality and continued popularity of the movement today.

As Willard Bohn demonstrates, Surrealism was not just a French phenomenon but one that eventually encompassed much of the world. Concentrating on the movement's theory and practice, this extraordinarily broad-ranging book documents the spread of Surrealism throughout the western hemisphere and examines keys texts, critical responses, and significant writers. The latter include three extraordinarily talented individuals who were eventually awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (Andre Breton, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz). Like their Surrealist colleagues, they strove to free human beings from their unconscious chains so that they could realize their true potential.

One Hundred Years of Surrealist Poetry explores not only the birth but also the ongoing life of a major literary movement.
Willard Bohn is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University, USA. He is the author of over 130 articles and 20 books on the early avant-garde, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Italian Futurism, and visual poetry, including The Early Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art (2018) and Surrealist Poetry: An Anthology (edited, translated, and critical introduction, Bloomsbury, 2017).
Product Details ISBN: 9781501393730
ISBN-10: 1501393731
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: December 1st, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English