Felicity Gee is lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema at the University of Exeter. She is the author of the forthcoming monograph Magic Realism: The Avant-Garde in Exile (Routledge, 2019), and has published on Surrealism and avant-garde film, Japanese film, and affect theory. Most recently, she was awarded a British Academy grant to conduct archival research in Cuba, on the interdisciplinary work of Alejo Carpentier. Felicity’s research straddles film, art history and literary studies, and her current projects investigate the collaborative work of modernist writers and artists that takes place across and between media.
One year after André Breton's 'First Manifesto of Surrealism,' German art-historian Franz Roh put forward his ideas regarding the 'New German Art' in his book-length Nach-Expressionismus : Magischer Realismus : Probleme der neuesten europäischen Malerei. It is at this critical juncture where I believe an overlap of both aesthetic and philosophical ideas occurs.This paper explores Roh's particular theory of the avant-garde, his practice as a photomonteur and photographer, and the dynamism that inspires in his friend Max Ernst's 'marvelous works'. It seeks to address the legacy of Magic Realism in the plastic arts, and to reevaluate its proximity to surrealism.
Part of the History of At Research Seminar Series 2018