The Language of Surrealism

  • Peter Stockwell

Part of the Language, Style and Literature book series (LSL)

Table of contents

  1. Delineating Surrealism

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  2. Writing Surrealism

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  3. Reading Surrealism

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  4. Diffusing Surrealism

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      Pages 169-181

About this book


The Language of Surrealism explores the revolutionary experiments in language and mind undertaken by the surrealists across Europe between the wars. Highly influential on the development of art, literary modernism, and current popular culture, surrealist style remains challenging, striking, resonant and thrilling – and the techniques by which surrealist writing achieves this are set out clearly in this book. Stockwell draws on recent work in cognitive poetics and literary linguistics to re-evaluate surrealism in its own historical setting. In the process, the book questions later critical theoretical views of language that have distorted our ideas about both surrealism and language itself. What follows is a piece of literary criticism that is fully contextualised, historically sensitive, and textually driven, and which sets out in rich and readable detail this most intriguing and disturbing literature.


biography coherence experience history linguistics Orient Research in English and American Literature surrealism writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Stockwell
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  1. 1.Professor of Literary LinguisticsUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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