Table of contents

  1. Delineating Surrealism

    1. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 3-18
    2. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 19-34
    3. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 35-48
  2. Writing Surrealism

    1. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 51-70
    2. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 71-89
    3. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 90-112
  3. Reading Surrealism

    1. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 115-132
    2. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 133-148
    3. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 149-166
  4. Diffusing Surrealism

    1. Peter Stockwell
      Pages 169-181

About this book


The Language of Surrealism explores the revolutionary experiments in language and mind undertaken by the surrealists across Europe between the wars. Highly influential on the development of art, literary modernism, and current popular culture, surrealist style remains challenging, striking, resonant and thrilling – and the techniques by which surrealist writing achieves this are set out clearly in this book. Stockwell draws on recent work in cognitive poetics and literary linguistics to re-evaluate surrealism in its own historical setting. In the process, the book questions later critical theoretical views of language that have distorted our ideas about both surrealism and language itself. What follows is a piece of literary criticism that is fully contextualised, historically sensitive, and textually driven, and which sets out in rich and readable detail this most intriguing and disturbing literature.


biography coherence experience history linguistics Orient Research in English and American Literature surrealism writing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of Literary LinguisticsUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author or editor of 30 books in literary stylistics, sociolinguistics and cognitive poetics, including Texture (Edinburgh University Press), Cognitive Poetics (Routledge), The Poetics of Science Fiction (Pearson), and the co-edited volumes The Language and Literature Reader (Routledge), Cognitive Grammar in Literature (Benjamins), Contemporary Stylistics (Bloomsbury), and The Handbook of Stylistics (Cambridge University Press).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Language of Surrealism
  • Authors Peter Stockwell
  • Series Title Language, Style and Literature
  • Series Abbreviated Title Language, Style and Literature
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-39221-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-39218-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-39219-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 202
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Literary History
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