French Surrealism and la démoralisation de l'Occident in 1929 and 2001

Read, Peter (2007) French Surrealism and la démoralisation de l'Occident in 1929 and 2001. In: Gascoigne, D., ed. Violence, Culture and Identity in France, from Surrealism to the Néo-Polar. Cultural Identity Studies (8). Peter Lang, Oxford, pp. 29-45. ISBN 978-3-03910-317-1. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This text discusses Jean Clair's 2001 essay labelling French Surrealists as proto-terrorits and precursors of al-Quaida. It explores the responses and intellectual debate triggered by Clair's essay and compares this controversy with the "Affaire Aragon" of 1929, when Aragon was prosecuted after the publication of his incendiary poem "Front rouge". This leads to considerations on the status of intellectual debate, the rhetoric of violence and the philosophical legacy of the French Revolution in modern French cultural identity.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Peter Read
Date Deposited: 23 May 2008 11:28
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:10
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3122 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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