Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gavin Parkinson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381434

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381434.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 15 December 2017

Accident and Apocalypse in Alan Burns’s Europe After the Rain

Accident and Apocalypse in Alan Burns’s Europe After the Rain

Chapter:
(p.155) 7. Accident and Apocalypse in Alan Burns’s Europe After the Rain
Source:
Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics
Author(s):

Jeannette Baxter

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381434.003.0008

This chapter examines the alliance of Surrealism and SF in the postwar writings of Alan Burns. From the early apocalyptic novel, Europe After the Rain (1965), through to Celebrations (1967), Babel (1969), Dreamamerika: A Surrealist Fantasy (1972) and Revolutions of the Night (1986), Burns drew on a range of Surrealist techniques (such as collage, montage, exquisite corpse), often assembling his novels out of ‘found’ linguistic material on large table tops. As the titles of two of his novels suggest, the work of Max Ernst features prominently in Burns’s postwar project, but so, too, do the marvellous sculptures of Joan Miro, and the collages of Kurt Schwitters and Pablo Picasso (when speaking of his visual/literary methodologies, Burns frequently invokes Picasso’s dictum: ‘I don’t seek, I find’). Writing from the edges of the British New Wave, and consistently producing collage-texts, which have been labelled ‘extreme’ and ‘unreadable’, Burns’ Surrealist science fictions have been largely neglected by readers and critics alike. Here, these ‘extreme’ surrealisms are returned to the critical foreground so that their significance as critiques of postwar art, literature and culture can be assessed.

Keywords:   collage painting text montage

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.