The importance of the city space in the work of Slovak surrealists Cover Image

Význam priestoru mesta v tvorbe slovenských nadrealistov
The importance of the city space in the work of Slovak surrealists

Author(s): Jaroslava Šaková
Subject(s): Comparative Study of Literature, Slovak Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Masarykova univerzita nakladatelství
Keywords: City; home; war; wandering; nadrealism;
Summary/Abstract: In this paper I will deal with the area of a city in writing of the Slovak nadrealist poets. City played an important role in writing of the French and Czech surrealists and this pattern is repeated also with Slovak writers. Poems Srdce Bratislavy I and II by M. M. Dedinský and Neskutočné mesto by Vladimír Reisel represent the most striking example. Beside them, regarding the motif of home, the area of Bratislava becomes important for the nadrealists mainly as a shelter during a war situation. In accordance with the cosmopolite perception of area, which is a part of nadrealist poetics, home is not considered to be a concrete place, more preferably to be a symbol of something worth protecting from a war conflict and its destructive consequences. In addition to the area of a city and home, the paper will deal with the motif of wandering, the character of a passenger or wanderer and their specific depiction in comparison to Czech and French surrealist writing.

  • Page Range: 117-124
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Slovak