Encyclopedia Of Surrealism online!

I can't say for sure whether this is a permanent resource or a limited time thing, but it appears that Bloomsbury's International Encyclopedia of Surrealism is available for free online!! This massive, three-volume, hardcover set was published last year and since its publication we've been wondering if we'd ever get to see a copy, considering the price tag is around £500!  https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-international-encyclopedia-of-surrealism-9781474226936/ 

Yes, The Recordists (myself and S.Higgins) grace its pages in a few spots but, sadly, that doesn't warrant a free copy.

Fortunately, if not the package itself, we can at least enjoy the contents of this incredible work as it is now available as a digital resource on Bloomsbury's website!!



Here's a blurb describing the online version:

About Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism

Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism is an exclusive digital resource presenting the first comprehensive and systematic overview of one of the most influential and enduring 20th-century art movements, from its beginnings to the present day.

Featuring a 3-volume major reference work, interactive timeline and rare archive images, portraits and artworks, this resource will be invaluable for academics and students in Art History/Theory, French Studies, Film Studies, Literary Studies, Photography and Visual Culture as well as Design/Fashion, Cultural History and Social/Cultural/Political Theory.

Content Highlights

  • 200 Survey Articles covering national surrealist movements; related artistic and intellectual movements; key journals, patrons and collections; detailed overviews of surrealism’s influence across the visual, applied and performing arts; and analyses of the key concepts which underpin surrealist theory and practice.
  • 500 A-Z articles covering the major and minor theorists, critics, novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, painters, collagists, object-makers, sculptors, and filmmakers.
  • 500 rare and archive documentary images, portraits, and artworks.
  • An interactive timeline from 1917 to present day that allows users to explore Surrealism by country, theme, period, media, as well as by individual surrealists.


As I mentioned, I'm not sure how long this will be available online or whether it will remain free so I would suggest heading to the site promptly if this interests you at all (and I expect it does, if you're reading this blog!).

 (note: if you just want to quickly read the articles we are mentioned in, search for the article on Canada by Steven Harris and/or the article on Musical Performance by Johannes Bergmark and Mattias Forshage)

- W.A.Davison