Pacific surrealism

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Giles, Paul. (2021). Pacific surrealism. In In Lusty, Natalya (Ed.). Surrealism : Cambridge critical concepts pp. 325-341 Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108862639.019
AuthorsGiles, Paul
EditorsLusty, Natalya
Abstract

This chapter argues that the geographical heterodoxy of Pacific surrealism might be understood as a correlative to surrealism’s transgressive impulse, extending logics of inversion across oceanic space. It discusses how irregular forms of mapping were commensurate with surrealism’s aesthetics of defamiliarization. More specifically, the chapter discusses representations of Pacific iconography in visual artists (Man Ray, Brassaï), visits to Pacific regions by European surrealists (Paul Eluard, Jacques Viol) and the role played by surrealism in theorizations of ethnography (Claude Lévi-Strauss). It also analyzes the ways in which Pacific space was understood by theorists of surrealism such as Bernard Smith and James Clifford, while addressing the complicated political situation of surrealism in mid-twentieth-century Japan. The chapter subsequently tracks more recent manifestations of surrealism in Pacific writers and artists such as Aloï Piloko, Shane Cotton, Len Lye and Alexis Wright, commenting on connections with cultures of indigeneity and ways in which these artists integrate styles of hybridity.

Keywordshybridity; planetary space; Lévi-Strauss; ethnography; Trevor Nickolls; Alexis Wright; Len Lye; Japan
Page range325-341
Year2021
Book titleSurrealism : Cambridge critical concepts
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of publicationCambridge, United Kingdom
New York, NY
Port Melbourne, VIC
New Delhi, India
SeriesCambridge critical concepts
ISBN9781108862639
9781108495684
9781108797368
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108862639.019
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