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Though surrealism has often been viewed as a male-dominated movement, women (many more than the few well-known artists such as Lenora Carrington and Frida Kahlo) have been integral to its development. In this first anthology of writings by women Surrealists, drawn from an impressively global group, Rosemont (Beware of the Ice and Other Poems, Black Swan, 1992) dives deeper than the extant writing on the movement to unearth the women involved since its inception. These varied writings?automatic texts, prose pieces, critical tracts, Surrealist inquiries (e.g., "Would You Open the Door?"), and results of Surrealist games (e.g., "Time-Traveler's Potlatch")?offer a history of women's formative participation in surrealism's past and create a context for its future. Rosemont's insightful introduction, short essays prefacing each major period of the movement, and brief bibliographies illuminate a vibrant revolution in process. An important research tool as well as a fascinating read, this major contribution to art history and literary scholarship is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.?Rebecca Miller, "Library Journal"
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"This is a very fine volume; it is inclusive, superbly researched, and the introductions are clearly written. . . . It should become a standard text of surrealism." (Stephen Eric Bronner, Professor of Political Science and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University)
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Product Details

  • Series: Surrealist Revolution
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029277088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292770881
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 1999
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Surrealist Women is a delightful read. I felt like I was on an adventure at a scrumptious banquet inside an amusement fun park where adults were not allowed. The book is chock filled with the most unlikely, amazing, thought provoking exoticisms. Incredible, really. It's a book I'll pick up often just to rediscover a surprise. To catch a poem in a new way. Or to remember a technique. A couple of surrealist techniques that I've tried, and a few that I've invented, have delivered such astounding results that I continue to work with them regularly.
The new dimensions that surrealism brings to the plastic arts it also brings to the literary arts, to the written word. The poetry of the surrealists is collages created from words, works of poetry art. Poetry takes on a new depth, breaking free from constraints of structure, it also breaks into new presentations of language formation, presenting Zen like non-logical word images that touch the soul with deep meaning, "perfume similar to the sound of a violin dipped in holy oil." Created from the depth of the subconscious (or is it superconscious?) mind, this is poetry that transcends gravity, time and space limitations, giving us prophetic poetry. Poetry revealing not only what will be, but what was, is and could have been.
It's hard to have favorites in this compilation, and I know that the ones that stand out for me today could change tomorrow. I found Nancy Cunard's essays on racism remarkable, especially considering the time (the 1930's) and the person (a white woman from a privileged background). Suzanne Césaire's work on Breton as poet is itself a marvel and her following piece on the collective mistake of the Martiniquan deserves special mention.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Robles on August 26, 2005
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Using this book for a Critical Theories class - great reading. Very clear and thought provoking. Complicated at times, but definitely a must have for English Majors!
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Love this book. Have used a couple of poems as inspiration for some of my own paintings. If you are a surreal-magical-fantasy based artist.. this book will only add to your practice. Highly recommend.
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By Isaac on January 31, 2015
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This is a delightful resource.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Sharpe on April 30, 2013
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I was expecting more images. I do find the text interesting but I am also a visual person. Was expecting more images portraying more contemporary women surrealists.
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