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Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Johanna Malt


In a speech given in Prague in 1935, André Breton asked, ‘Is there, properly speaking, a left-wing art capable of defending itself?’. But despite his conviction that surrealism did indeed offer such an art, Breton always struggled to make a theoretical connection between the surrealists' commitment to the cause of revolutionary socialism and the form that surrealist art and literature took. This book explores ways in which such a connection might be drawn, addressing the possibility of surrealist works as political in themselves and drawing on ways in which they have been considered as such by ... More

Keywords: André Breton, surrealism, Marxism, revolutionary socialism, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Louis Aragon, fetish, surrealist art, object

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253425
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johanna Malt, author
Lecturer in the Department of French, Kings College, University of London