Surrealism, Communism and Photography

Bate, D. 2004. Surrealism, Communism and Photography. in: Evans, M. (ed.) Empire and Culture: Empire and culture: the French experience, 1830-1940 Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 57-70

Chapter titleSurrealism, Communism and Photography
AuthorsBate, D.
EditorsEvans, M.
Abstract

Surrealism was an important avenue for anti-colonial thought at the beginning of the twentieth century in French culture. Such a proposition goes against common assumptions of how surrealism is understood today. A typical view of surrealism in contemporary Anglo-American culture regards it as the antics of a group of sexist young men totally preoccupied with their own chaotic internal thoughts who were the initiators of scandalous asocial activities. Accounts of historical surrealism have become a caricature and, even in a sociology of art interested in the European avant-garde, surrealism is described as doing not much more than creating a ‘shock’ to other members of its petty bourgeois class and a frisson of excitement for a bored native bourgeoisie.

Book titleEmpire and Culture: Empire and culture: the French experience, 1830-1940
Page range57-70
Year2004
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dates
Published2004
ISBN9781349419029
9780230000681
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230000681_4

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