Peter De Vries and surrealism (Book, 1995) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
Peter De Vries and surrealism Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Peter De Vries and surrealism

Author: Dan Campion
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Peter De Vries and Surrealism rereads De Vries in the light of surrealism and argues that the novelist and poet devised a new comic form, surrealist farce. De Vries's style and narrative technique are often surrealistic, and he mentions surrealism and surrealists in all but two of his twenty-six books. Yet, in fifty years of commentary on De Vries, scarcely any notice has been taken of these surrealist elements.
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Campion, Dan, 1949-
Peter De Vries and surrealism.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1995
(OCoLC)604177411
Named Person: Peter De Vries; Peter De Vries; Peter De Vries; Peter De Vries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Campion
ISBN: 0838753116 9780838753118
OCLC Number: 32013585
Description: 240 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Literary Life of Peter De Vries --
3. Peter De Vries and 1930s Surrealism --
4. A Reading of But Who Wakes the Bugler? --
5. Surrealizations: The Unofficial Career of Peter De Vries --
6. In "The Extravagant Vein in American Humor."
Responsibility: Dan Campion.

Abstract:

Peter De Vries and Surrealism rereads De Vries in the light of surrealism and argues that the novelist and poet devised a new comic form, surrealist farce. De Vries's style and narrative technique are often surrealistic, and he mentions surrealism and surrealists in all but two of his twenty-six books. Yet, in fifty years of commentary on De Vries, scarcely any notice has been taken of these surrealist elements. This study moves from literary biography and historiography, which establish De Vries's points of contact with surrealism, through textual analysis, which traces De Vries's working through modernism toward surrealism in his early writing, to a consideration of De Vries's mature works that takes into account their surrealist aspects and allusions.

Peter De Vries is not the Calvinist-in-spite-of-himself that he has sometimes been labeled. Writing in what Constance Rourke called "the extravagant vein in American humor," De Vries offers us what Thoreau called the "wild," Andre Breton the "marvelous." His mercurial writings accord not with any dogma, but with Kenneth Bruce's "conviction that mankind's only hope is a cult of comedy."

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.