The International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries and the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism are pleased to announce the publication of issue number 19 of their journal, Dada/Surrealism, devoted primarily to the theme “’Wonderful Things’: Surrealism and Egypt.”
With this issue, Dada/Surrealism, which was published from 1971 to 1990 as a print journal, is reborn as a peer-reviewed, free and open access electronic journal.
"Wonderful Things" presents a selection of essays on the historical situation of surrealist activities in Egypt as well as fresh interpretations of influences and divergences within surrealist activity in Paris and Cairo.
Following the pioneering work of the late Don LaCoss, this issue of Dada/Surrealism aims to contribute to the developing of understanding and appreciation of the Egyptian context which, for example, nourished the extraordinary critical thinking of Georges Henein and the powerful poetic voice of Joyce Mansour. An international base of contributors presents new work on the visual art, poetry, and politics of surrealism in Egypt, as well as presenting new readings of the influence on those within the surrealist milieu of the perennially fascinating myth and imaginative locus of Egypt, and, as the archeologist Howard Carter put it, its "wonderful things".
Forthcoming issues of Dada/Surrealism will be devoted to Dada, Surrealism and Romania and to Dada and surrealist exhibitions.