Book Reviews / 135 Katharine Conley. Robert Desnos, Surrealism, and the Marvelous in Everyday Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. 270 pp. Katharine Conley's book sheds light on a whole new area in the history of surrealism in inter-war France that has remained thus far silenced and unchallenged: the cultural and social impact that surrealists brought to everyday life. As she conducts a close reading of Robert Desnos's poetic legacy, Conley proposes a challenging view on what could be called "everyday life" in surrealist communities. She offers a groundbreaking perspective of the surrealist poet Desnos who had so far been recognized solely as one of the leading members of the original surrealist group. In Conley's study, Desnos's contribution is presented in a larger cultural context and he is thus introduced both as a mediator of popular culture and as a popular intellectual. Among all the poems analyzed in this study, Desnos's illegal Resistance poems are given special consideration as they serve as probing examples of his political action and of the scope of his writing. They also blend, writes Conley, "the prosaic and the poetic, the popular and the elite" (12). First, Conley opens up the field
French Forum – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 15, 2004
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