André Breton: L'Amour fou [Mad Love] (1485 words)

Simon Kemp (University of Oxford)
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With Nadja (1928) and Les Vases communicants (1932), L’Amour fou completes the triptych of Breton’s major prose works. Like the earlier works, it combines the essay form with autobiographical fragments and creative writing, interspersed with photographic images. And, like them, it explores the irrational and unconscious mind. Where the first two focused primarily on madness and dreams respectively, L’Amour fou examines sexual, romantic and parental love as its principal subject, while also ranging widely over other topics relating to the unconscious and its effects on our experience. All three texts present a mystical view of the world, in which the emanations from the unconscious find themselves in …

Citation: Kemp, Simon. "L'Amour fou". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 September 2013 [, accessed 23 April 2021.]

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