Crime/Insurrection

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The surrealists, attentive readers of the press and active consumers of commercial literature and film, established many of the basic coordinates of their poetic universe according to the turn-of-the-century aesthetics of crime. This cultural material was shaped by the new media that trafficked in its sensational or juridical consequences. By the 1920s, Belle Epoque inventions such as the Grand Guignol and the crime serial had grown increasingly dated and untimely, an index of their own historicity. The group's fascination for crime fact and fiction alike was thus fueled neither by nostalgia for the lurid imagery of a bygone Paris, nor by a prurient interest in transgressive violence, whether criminal or insurrectional. Rather, the movement's intellectual and political priorities evolved in tandem with its attention to the media within which such transgressions unfolded. Crime is not a static concept, nor, for that matter, is Surrealism, or its political or artistic practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Dada and Surrealism
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages258-269
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781118476215
ISBN (Print)9781118476185
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 19 2016

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Crime
Insurrection
Fiction
Poetics
Nostalgia
New Media
Surrealism
Artistic Practice
Aesthetics
Imagery
Criminal Violence
1920s
Transgression
Belle Époque
Historicity
Universe
Invention
Reader
Surrealists

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Eburne, J. P. (2016). Crime/Insurrection. In A Companion to Dada and Surrealism (pp. 258-269). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118476215.ch15
Eburne, Jonathan Paul. / Crime/Insurrection. A Companion to Dada and Surrealism. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. pp. 258-269
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