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Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work

Abigail Susik


Surrealist sabotage and the war on work is an art-historical study devoted to international surrealism’s critique of wage labour and its demand for non-alienated work between the 1920s and the 1970s. The Introduction and Chapter 1 frame the genealogy of surrealism’s work refusal in relation to its inter-war investment in ultra-left politics, its repudiation of French nationalism, and the early twentieth-century development of sabotage theory in the labour movement. Chapter 2 proposes an interpretation of surrealist automatism in 1920s France as a subversion of disciplined production in the eme ... More

Keywords: industrial sabotage, Man Ray, Simone Breton, Óscar Domínguez, automatism, Herbert Marcuse, Chicago surrealism, work refusal, Salvador Dalí, André Breton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526155016
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7765/9781526155023


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Susik, author
Willamette University