This close reading of André Breton’s Nadja (1928) examines the role of the title character in the development and evolution of Breton’s surrealist aspirations. Drawing from the theories presented in The Manifestoes of Surrealism (1924), it shows that Nadja epitomizes both the aesthetic fulfillment and political limits of Breton’s surrealist ideas, thus prefiguring the author’s political detachment in the years following the writing of the novel.
French literature, aesthetic, modernism, surrealist manifestos, Surrealism
How to Cite
Kadiu, S., (2014) “Surrealism in André Breton’s Nadja”, Opticon1826 16, Art. 24.