Investigating Sex

Investigating Sex:Surrealist Discussions

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“The surrealist’s approach to sexuality was original and important … I feel this book will amaze us all.” —George Melly

Are women’s orgasms more intense than men’s? What did André Breton think of homosexuality? Can love be separated from physical desire?
In 1928 a group of surrealist writers and artists held twelve round table discussions to address these questions. Calling them “researches into sexuality,” their bizarre and humorous conversations are now made available in this new edition in all their surreal and salacious detail. Their research spanned the most critical period for surrealism, a time of bitter political disputes, echoed in the intensity of these meetings and in the range of participants, including André Breton, Paul Eluard, Yves Tanguy, Benjamin Péret and Pierre Naville.
Well before the so-called sexual revolution, their erotic exchanges broke sexual taboos and encouraged surrealists to openly share the libidinal themes they explored in their writing and art. In doing so, JoAnn Wypijewski writes in the new introduction, they are revealed as “lovers and prigs, fantasists and humanists, adventurers in mind if not always in flesh—flawed, foolish, brilliant, clangingly sexual human beings.”

Reviews

  • These discussions are absolutely fascinating.

    Kathy Acker, author of Blood and Guts in High School
  • ... readers are in for a treat: a cascade of opinion, at times insightful, frequently infuriating, often comedic.

    Zoe StrimpelThe Observer