In Reimagining Life, Raihan Kadri presents a pioneering critical history of the epistemological and theoretical origins of the Surrealist movement and its subsequent legacy. The book contains extensive examination and new interpretations of the oft-neglected theoretical writing of Surrealists such as Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, Andre Breton, and Salvador Dali, in order to demonstrate how Surrealism embodied a sensibility connected to a broader lineage of philosophical pessimism-involving such figures as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Arthur Rimbaud-which Kadri argues represents a particular strain of modernism aimed at breaking human thought away from the constraint of various forms of idealism, expanding the possibilities for knowledge and human freedom. This innovative, wide-ranging study deftly traverses fields of art, politics, philosophy, psychology, and literature. Reimagining Life redefines Surrealism's place in modern intellectual history and offers a new vision of how Surrealist discourse can be connected to contemporary debates in cultural, critical, and theoretical studies.
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 848 g
Dimensions: 290 x 223 x 18 mm
This is one of the most original studies of Surrealism to appear for many years. A close and brilliant reading of the most important early Surrealist texts brings out their theoretical foundations in philosophical pessimism and restores a sense of Surrealism's intellectual vitality. Artists and poets continue to explore its ideas and resources, and this book helps to explain why. -- Professor Dawn Ades, FBA, OBE, University of Essex
Reimagining Life is a tour de force that responds in extraordinarily thought-provoking and fruitful ways to the art historical studies that dominate Surrealism's scholarship. It is a bold reminder of why Surrealism, beyond its popular imagery, remains one of the most revolutionary intellectual movements of the twentieth century, with a lively discourse that continues to this day. -- Dr. Elliott H. King, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Curator of Dali: The Late Work