Module Identifier FR34120  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew Hussey  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours (an introductory lecture; 3 on each author)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 seminars (2 introductory seminars, one on each author, one concluding seminar)  
Assessment Continuous assessment   One essay of 3000-4000 words   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours   60%  
  Resit assessment   One two-hour examination unless c/a defective / absent in which case one three-hour examination.    

Brief description

The module will introduce students to the Surrealist movement and with readings of key texts by three major figures develop an awareness of Surrealism's political context.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this module will be encouraged to develop their critical skills and engage in close scrutiny of texts and documents of the period. Surrealism and its legacy will then be considered in its historical context in a way that allows students to situate the movement against its period.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Andre Breton. (1928) Nadja.
Louis Aragon. (1926) Le Paysan de Paris.
Georges Bataille. (1957) Le Bleu du ciel.
** Supplementary Text
Andre Breton. (1957) Manifestes du Surrealisme.
Maurice Nadeau. (1964) Histoire du Surrealisme.
Michael Richardson. (1994) Georges Bataille.
Robert Short. (1975) Dada and Surrealism.
Francis Marmande. (1985) L'indifferences des ruines, variations sur l'ecriture du Bleu du ciel.

Andrew Hussey. 'Tempete de flammes: Surrealism, Bataille and the perennial philosophy of Heraclitus' in Parallax, pp.151-167. 4.