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Surrealism: from France to the world

Surrealism: from France to the world


2017 Project submitted by Princeton | Embassy of France support: $ 9000

Project coordinator: Ezra Suleiman

Summary of the Project

Our project aims to unify the scholarly field of Surrealism studies in the arts and humanities, beginning with AngloAmerican and French academia. Surrealism, a major movement in modern poetry, art, and intellectual history, began in Paris after the First World War, generating major new artists and artworks for over fifty years, with active offshoots that continue today. Though it originated in Paris, the Surrealist movement fostered strong international membership; as European politics became increasingly unstable during the 1930s and into the Second World War, Surrealist groups began appearing throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico, Chile, Haiti, Cuba, and the United States. Throughout the world, Surrealism remains popular and important today as a major intellectual movement in modern poetry and art. International museums feature artwork by Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Joan Mir6, and Matta; other Surrealist or Surrealist-inspired artists are rediscovered on a regular basis, including Leonora Carrington, Yves Tanguy, Louise Bourgeois, Hans Bell mer, and many others. The movement's influence permeates contemporary poetry, contemporary art, and contemporary philosophy, as well as the history of leftist and anti-colonial politics. Although the scholarly field of surrealism studies is vibrant, it is fragmented both disciplinarily and geographically. Around the world, scholars, translators, and curators are distributed according to their various disciplines and nationalities. North American and French academia are the main centers of research on surrealism. There is a major need and opportunity to make it possible for North American and French scholars- as well as scholars and curators worldwide- to convene for sustained interdisciplinary discussion that will redefine the field and streamline discussions on the continued relevance of Surrealism as an avant-garde experimental movement in literature, art, and thought.