• Mad Love or L'Amour fou is surrealist theorist AndrÃ© Breton's case study on love.
• Following on his earlier work, Nadja, that chronicled his interactions with a young woman who was eventually shown to be mentally-unbalanced, Mad Love continues Breton's exploration of madness and love, demonstrating how, for the purposes of surrealist theory and practice, the two are completely intertwined.
• Mad Love opens with Breton invoking the theater and by beginning the first section of the book this way, Breton immediately juxtaposed ideas of theater, audience, and performers.
• The first section of Mad Love invokes the works of many avant-garde artists and theorists that Breton and the surrealist movement found inspirational antecedents, including the playwright Alfred Jarry and the poets Stephen MallarmÃ©, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, and the Comte de LautrÃ©amont.
• Breton linked the poetic convulsion, a physical and emotional juxtaposition of ideas, to beauty and...
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