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Eudora Welty and Surrealism$
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Stephen M. Fuller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036736

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036736.001.0001

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The Persistence of a Memory in a Curtain of Green and Other Stories

The Persistence of a Memory in a Curtain of Green and Other Stories

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Eudora Welty and Surrealism

Stephen M. Fuller

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes surrealism’s commitment to the invention and promotion of new knowledge. The movement’s attempt to rupture the purely rational and conscious hold that positivism exercised over philosophy produced new varieties of art that widened the epistemological gaze. The broad consensus, despite the risk of fragmentation in the surrealist project in France due to the pressure of competing claims for the future of the movement, was that surrealism could spawn such a diversity of cultural expression because it advanced a common “point of view.” This point of view admits only of a dual reality with artistic productions displaying an almost alchemical aura, transforming the material into the immaterial and the immaterial into the material through its co-option of the Hegelian dialectic.

Keywords:   surrealism, new knowledge, positivism, philosophy, art, epistemological gaze

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