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The Edge of Surrealism: A Roger Caillois Reader

De (autor) Editat de Claudine Frank Traducere de Camille Naish
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – July 2003
The Edge of Surrealism is an essential introduction to the writing of French social theorist Roger Caillois (1913-1978). Though his subjects were diverse, Caillois focused on issues crucial to modern intellectual life, and his essays offer a unique perspective on many of twentieth-century France's most significant intellectual movements and figures. Including a masterful introductory essay by Claudine Frank situating his work in relation to his life and intellectual milieu, this anthology is the first comprehensive introduction to Caillois's work to appear in any language. A part of the Surrealist avant garde, in the 1930s Caillois founded the College of Sociology with Georges Bataille and Michel Leiris. Caillois spent the remainder of his life exploring issues raised by this famous group. During World War II he lived in Buenos Aires and edited the journal Les Lettres Françaises. In the postwar period, he resisted dominant intellectual trends including existentialism and Marxism, and pursued his own interests, writing on a variety of topics, including politics, poetics, sociology, games, the "fantastic," and, ultimately, designs in nature and on stones. He sought to compete with Bataille's journal Critique through the "renewed humanism" of his own journal, Diogène, and to challenge structuralist theory through his concept of "diagonal science." In 1972, Caillois was inducted into the Academie Française.Arranged chronologically, these thirty-two essays with commentaries strike a balance between Caillois's political and theoretical writings and between his better known works, such as the popular essays on the praying mantis, myth, and mimicry and his lesser known pieces. Presenting several new documents and drawing on interviews and unpublished correspondence, this book reveals Caillois's consistent effort to reconcile intellectual rigor and imaginative adventure. Perhaps most importantly, The Edge of Surrealism provides an overdue look at how Caillois's intellectual project intersected with the work of Georges Bataille and others including Breton, Bachelard, Benjamin, Lacan, and Levi-Strauss.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780822330684
ISBN-10: 0822330687
Pagini: 423
Dimensiuni: 163 x 234 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.68 kg
Editura: Duke University Press

Recenzii

"The Edge of Surrealism is the Caillois in one volume that is so badly needed, considering the very dispersed status of Caillois's work and that no such volume exists in any language, not even in France. This selection is excellent, done by someone who not only knows thoroughly the production of the author but knows also what's most relevant for our contemporary interests." Denis Hollier, author of Absent without Leave: French Literature under the Threat of War"This volume provides an excellent overview of the rich diversity of Callois's production. It is to be thoroughly recommended."--Modern and Contemporary France, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2004

Notă biografică

Roger Caillois (1913-1978) was a French social theorist and writer. Claudine Frank is Assistant Professor of French at Barnard College.

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"Roger Caillois has remained relatively unknown in the English-speaking world. This superb selection of his essays, expertly translated, shows the full range of his thought and should place him next to Bataille and the Surrealists as a major intellectual figure in interwar and postwar France. Claudine Frank's general introduction and detailed commentaries on individual essays provide the necessary contexts for understanding this complex, often paradoxical thinker. A first-rate work that is sure to be of interest to all students of 20th-century French thought."--Susan Rubin Suleiman, author of" Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature"