GLITS seminar, Šimon Svěrák presents Effenberger’s thinking and its importance in the context of surrealism in Czechoslovakia.
All students from the ECL department are welcome to join - there will be wine!
Šimon Svěrák, Social Sciences and Philosophy Department, Faculty of Education, Charles University, Prague.
Vratislav Effenberger and surrealist phenomenology of imagination
Abstract: Vratislav Effenberger (1923 –1986) was a poet, philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the guiding thinker in the Czechoslovak Surrealist group from the 1950s until his death. He is especially noted for his theory of the ‘phenomenology of imagination’. Drawing on Hegel's dialectical phenomenology rather than Husserl's philosophy, it was conceived as a systematic means of treating imaginative phenomena in the light of surrealist theory as revealed through such notions as psychic automatism, objective humour, concrete irrationality, objective chance and so on. In this paper, I will offer an introduction to Effenberger’s thinking and its importance in the context both of surrealism generally and its particular manifestations in Czechoslovakia.
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