Item Number: 114103
Title: Reimagining Life : Philosophical Pessimism and the Revolution of Surrealism
Author: Kadri, Raihan
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Description: Madison-Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011. 29cm., hardcover, 193pp. illus. Summary: In Reimagining Life, Raihan Kadri presents a pioneering critical history of the epistemological and theoretical origins of the Surrealist movement and its subsequent legacy. The book contains extensive examination and new interpretations of the oft-neglected theoretical writing of Surrealists such as Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, André Breton, and Salvador Dalí, in order to demonstrate how Surrealism embodied a sensibility connected to a broader lineage of philosophical pessimism—involving such figures as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Arthur Rimbaud—which Kadri argues represents a particular strain of modernism aimed at breaking human thought away from the constraint of various forms of idealism, expanding the possibilities for knowledge and human freedom. This innovative, wide-ranging study deftly traverses fields of art, politics, philosophy, psychology, and literature. Reimagining Life redefines Surrealism's place in modern intellectual history and offers a new vision of how Surrealist discourse can be connected to contemporary debates in cultural, critical, and theoretical studies.
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