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"In exhilarating, thoughtful and subtle arguments, Foster takes surrealist interpretations of psychoanalysis into a shocking encounter with the Freudian uncanny.... [An] extremely important book".
-- Jane Beckett, "Times Higher Education Supplement" Surrealism has long been seen as its founder, Andre Breton, wanted it to be seen: as a movement of love and liberation. In Co
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 27th 1995 by Mit Press (first published 1993)
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Curt Bozif
Oct 08, 2007 Curt Bozif rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: artists and people who like psychoanalysis
Shelves: psychoanalysis, art
I learned (again) that love is homesickness.
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since i bought this book in the Dean Gallery bookshop in 2000 it has been one of my essential "to hand" books on surrealism. deftly exploring the Freudian dimension of the work of (pre WW2) surrealists, it weaves an illuminating web of cultural and poetic resonances around the work of Ernst, Breton, Bellmer, et al. very highly recommended (if you're into surrealism and/or psychoanalysis)
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Hal Foster is a Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University specializing in 20th century art.

Note: for the comic book artist, see Harold "Hal" Foster.
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