Presentation Title

Enough to Condemn: A Look at Surrealism and Mental Health Through Breton’s Nadja

Presenter Information

Forrest MillsFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Surrealism, France, Literature

Biography

Forrest Mills is a History and French major.

Major

French

Advisor for this project

Nicholas Shangler

Start Date

23-4-2021 12:15 PM

Abstract

In this project, we see the relation between Surrealism and the field of mental health, and how André Breton (1896-1966) was influential in both movements. Breton is perhaps one of the most notable, and certainly one of the first proponents of the Surrealist movement, and he had a terrific impact on the direction it took. Breton was greatly influenced by Freud and other mental health experts of the time. I argue that his novel Nadja (1928) illustrates how Surrealism took many of its ideas from Freud and other practitioners of psychology and psychiatry. The two are clearly and closely related, and the importance is seen in how Nadja is treated in the novel, as well as how Breton reacts to it.

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Apr 23rd, 12:15 PM

Enough to Condemn: A Look at Surrealism and Mental Health Through Breton’s Nadja

In this project, we see the relation between Surrealism and the field of mental health, and how André Breton (1896-1966) was influential in both movements. Breton is perhaps one of the most notable, and certainly one of the first proponents of the Surrealist movement, and he had a terrific impact on the direction it took. Breton was greatly influenced by Freud and other mental health experts of the time. I argue that his novel Nadja (1928) illustrates how Surrealism took many of its ideas from Freud and other practitioners of psychology and psychiatry. The two are clearly and closely related, and the importance is seen in how Nadja is treated in the novel, as well as how Breton reacts to it.