Disruptive Testimonies: The Stakes of Surrealist Experience in Breton and Carrington

  title={Disruptive Testimonies: The Stakes of Surrealist Experience in Breton and Carrington},
  author={Erich Hertz},
  journal={Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures},
  pages={104 - 89}
  • Erich Hertz
  • Published 2010
  • Art
  • Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures
This article explores the idea of experience in Surrealism through the writings of André Breton and Leonora Carrington. Breton's founding manifestoes of Surrealism and novel Nadja (1928) make the claim for a revolutionary experience of the everyday world. However, the feminine tropes he uses clearly valorize an experience based on masculine perception. Additionally, in the years leading up to and following World War II, Surrealism was decried for not engaging with history or politics… Expand
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