from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A 20th-century literary and artistic movement that attempts to express the workings of the subconscious and is characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.
- n. Literature or art produced in this style.
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- n. An artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious.
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- n. a 20th century movement of artists and writers (developing out of dadaism) who used fantastic images and incongruous juxtapositions in order to represent unconscious thoughts and dreams
It's entirely possible that I'm using the term surrealism improperly.
But literary surrealism is a little forgotten, no?
Anyone with half a brain will be leaving this country really soon ... definitely before this four year tour into surrealism is over!
This surrealism is particularly notable in Listen to Britain, a cinema-poem about the sounds of wartime London which reaches out of itself to become a stirring portrait of its people.
Watching him watch the waitress from behind, you can't help but think of Jan Svankmajer (whose surrealism is never equaled by Drained), or of the silly strain of Czech films epitomized by I Served the King of England by Jirí Menzel, which played at Berlin this year.
Similarly, with Bishop we can see how ongoing interests shaped her work — her early interest in surrealism, or her love of ballads and blues.
But the videos of robotic forms, Imprecise Bodies, that ooze into other forms, as if Salvador Dalí were haunting them, make an argument that there's life left in surrealism, thanks to the imagination that Netzhammer brings to it.
I don't know if magical surrealism is a genre but that's what I would call Kafka on the Shore.
The affinity of the new style with French surrealism is striking.
The anti-literal aspects of "The Future" might be described as surrealism, magic realism or Jabberwockian nonsense, but none of these terms quite capture her ability to blend whimsy and difficult emotion.
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