Surrealism in André Breton’s Nadja

Silvia Kadiu

Abstract


This close reading of André Breton’s Nadja (1928) examines the role of the title character in the development and evolution of Breton’s surrealist aspirations. Drawing from the theories presented in The Manifestoes of Surrealism (1924), it shows that Nadja epitomizes both the aesthetic fulfillment and political limits of Breton’s surrealist ideas, thus prefiguring the author’s political detachment in the years following the writing of the novel.


Keywords


Surrealism, surrealist manifestos, modernism, aesthetic, French literature

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