Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies Lup) (Hardcover)

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By Gavin Parkinson (Editor)
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Although the self-definition of Surrealism and the initial defining of science fiction as a genre both took place in the 1920s and the links between the two are manifest, no full study has appeared till now on Surrealism and SF. Across ten original essays, Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics looks at how the Surrealist movement in France and the USA used, informed, contributed to, and criticised SF from that moment, whilst including discussion of the related genre of comics. Among its aims are a reassessment of Jules Verne in the light of Surrealism and an analysis of the debate in the 1950s on the 'new' Anglo-American literature arriving in France. This received, in fact, a mixed reception from the Surrealists of that decade even though writers and intellectuals close to the movement in the 1920s were directly responsible for its success. The book includes further essays on the subsequent impact of Surrealism on SF novelists J.G. Ballard and Alan Burns, and features essays that argue for Salvador Dal 's closeness to SF in the 1960s and his disagreement with the earlier scientific romance defined by Verne. The chapters that bring in comics range from theoretical discussions of the relation between the original comic strips of Rodolphe T pffer and the key Surrealist technique of automatism, used in art and writing, through the cybernetic implications of the proto-SF Surrealist cin -roman 'M. Wzz...' of 1929, which has never discussed in any detail before, to the 1948 Vache paintings by Ren Magritte, inspired by Louis Forton's strip Les Pieds nickel s. This pioneering set of essays shows how Surrealism from the 1920s to the 1970s did not just receive and adapt SF but impacted the genre in its later manifestations.

About the Author

Gavin Parkinson is Lecturer in European Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art. His previous books include Surrealism, Art and Modern Science: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Epistemology (Yale University Press, 2008) and The Duchamp Book (Tate Publishing, 2008).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781781381434
ISBN-10: 1781381437
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies Lup