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Unit Overview


Surrealism was first formulated as a poetic philosophy that came to encompass not only poetry, but literature and the visual arts. This unit gives students an understanding of the significance of surrealism's reach into different mediums and the way that its meaning changes as it is adopted by poets, writers and visual artists. It covers literary, oral and visual theories of surrealism; debates within the surrealist movement and surrealist theory; and introduces students to calligraphic, cryptic, hallucinogenic and illusionistic modes of seeing. It also addresses national surrealisms and the scientific pretentions of surrealistic theory.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify surrealist practice in a range of different mediums, including poetry, literature and the visual arts; (2) express a basic understanding of the discourses within and around the surrealist movement; and (3) articulate an argument that encompasses one or several aspects of surrealist theory.


This comprises two essays, the first tied to a brief class presentation, and the second a substantial research essay in the subject area.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
or VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society
or ENGL1401 Meaning and Medium
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.