Altered bodies that define surrealism: La Révolution surréaliste and gaceta de arte
This article considers the role of definition in the surrealist project. It begins by situating the surrealist discussion of definition, initiated by Breton in the first manifesto, alongside contemporaneous debates on how to define a journal, periodical or review. Through a comparison of articles taken from two surrealist journals, La Révolution surréaliste (1924–9) and gaceta de arte (1932–6), the article examines to what extent the surrealist act of definition, evidenced by these journals, includes itself in or excludes itself from this context. By highlighting that this act is fundamentally a dynamic process, rather than the establishment of an either/or construct, it is suggested that this process of inclusion and exclusion is a defining feature of the surrealist project.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2003
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