Professor Jonathan Eburne: The Great Surrealist Bargain Basement


  • 5.15pm

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

Professor Jonathan Eburne

The Great Surrealist Bargain Basement asks what it means to understand surrealism through this revisionist lens, viewed according to its remainders, stammers, perversions, and post-colonial revisions. For it is here that its real interest as an experimental movement becomes visible in ways that are most deeply relevant to contemporary writing and art. In the work of contemporary artists, writers, and political thinkers worldwide - and especially in the Global  South - surrealism designates neither an inheritance nor an influence, but instead an archive of thought. This presentation thus advocates that we sort through the "bargain basement" of the surrealist movement in its global dissemination, its evolving dialogues and techniques, and its reinvention by contemporary artists and writers around the world.

About the speaker

Jonathan P. Eburne is Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University (USA). He is editor-in-chief (2017-) and co-founder (with Amy J. Elias) of the award-winning ASAP/Journal, the scholarly journal of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present; he is also editor of the Refiguring Modernism book series at the Pennsylvania University Press. He is the author of Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) and Surrealism and the Art of Crime (Cornell University Press, 2008), and co-editor of four additional books: Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde (2017), The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons (2017), The Year's Work in the Oddball Archive (2016), and Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic (2013). Eburne has also edited or co-edited special issues of Modern Fiction Studies, New Literary History, African American Review, Comparative Literature Studies, Criticism, and ASAP/Journal. He is founder and acting President of ISSS: The International Society for the Study of Surrealism; President of the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism; and in 2015 was President of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

Part of the 2019/20 History of Art Research Seminar Series