Module Identifier FR34120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew J 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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: One essay of 3000-4000 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment One two-hour examination unless c/a defective / absent in which case one three-hour examination. 

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.

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.

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.


This module is at CQFW Level 6