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Surrealist Women: An International Anthology

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Beginning in Paris in the 1920s, women poets, essayists, painters, and artists in other media have actively collaborated in defining and refining surrealism's basic project—achieving a higher, open, and dynamic consciousness, from which no aspect of the real or the imaginary is rejected. Indeed, few artistic or social movements can boast as many women forebears, founders, ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by University of Texas Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Massively comprehensive anthology of oft-overlooked female surrealist writers (prior favorites included here: Leornora Carrington and Ithel Colquhoun), not just in the interwar Paris of surrealism's conception but straight up through the present and virtually across the globe. In this sense, it's quite a good history of the development and spread of the surrealist movement and influence, from Martinique to Egypt (much historical and biographical information here, too), but sometimes it also seem ...more
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to see this book on Susana Gardner's list of books to be read. It's a marvelous anthology, bringing to light many of the lesser-known women Surrealists, particularly from France. Even though I deeply admire this book and grant it 5 stars, it's best to read it in tandem with Whitney Chadwick's Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, the reason being that Rosemont and Chadwick--while both resurrecting "lost" women Surrealists--each have quite distinct takes on the role of women ...more
Jan 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Surrealist Women: An International Anthology is divided into six parts: "The First Women Surrealists", "In the Service of Revolution", "Neither Your War nor Your Peace: The Surrealist International", "Surrealism versus the Cold War", "The Making of "May '68" and Its Sequels", and "Surrealism: A Challenge to the Twenty-First Century"...

The First Women Surrealists (1924 - 1929)...

I am the thought on the bath in the room without mirrors.

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Time is a tease - because everything happens in its own t
Linda Brunner
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly extensive listing of (mostly) invisible surrealistic female writers and artists. International. It blew my mind just how many amazing women were creating all over the globe and through hell and high water. I was familiar with and a fan of surrealistic visual art often doing it myself. I have some of Kahlo's work hanging and I admire greatly Remedios Varo and Leonara Carrington's art as well.

The writers were the real revelation. Most of the work I didn't connect with but there were
Lance Grabmiller
Prose poetry, polemic and reminiscence from surrealist women from the 1920s through the 1990s. An absolutely monumental collection. Some of the editorial decisions in the second to the last section (The Making of "May 68" and Its Sequels) are questionable (maybe the selections should end after the dissolution of the Paris Surrealist group in 1969, especially since the material from the seventies and eighties is so sparse and might have fit better in the final section). I also think the final sec ...more
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Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent anthology of women poets and writers in the first half of the 20th century. Very interesting collection of writers.
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There's some really amazing stuff in here, albeit counterbalanced by some decidedly mediocre stuff. And even when the writings are excellent, you can only take so much surrealist poetry and automatic writing at once... it gets tedious. On the whole, I like how Rosemont correlates feminism, surrealism, and everyday life. While she is on the defensive vis-a-vis women and surrealism, that doesn't makes her arguments any less cogent. ...more
Shayla Mahi
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
After reading "Surrealist Experiences" by Rosemont I discovered this book. It is a must-read for any surrealism (and perhaps feminist) enthusiast. Art classes tend to leave out the women who contributed to the surrealism movement consequently, Rosemont covers a vast majority of these woman. One of the best anthologies I own! ...more
Anna Rae
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was my first introduction to surrealist literature from a course that i took at saic. it was called... "surrealist literature". there were many under-recognized women writers that were either in the circle of surrealists or just on their own. it is a great book. ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book introduced me to the poet/revolutionary Mary Low. Worth it for that alone. Buy, beg, or steal her Black Swan poetry-collage book "Where the Wolf Sings." She's a stunning talent. ...more
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