Lesson 1 (from Section 1)
Mad Love or L'Amour fou is surrealist theorist André 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 that for the purposes of surrealist theory and practice, the two are completely intertwined. In this lesson, students are introduced to the text, Mad Love, and its author, Andre Breton.
1) Teacher Lecture: Introduce students to the book and author. Mad Love (L'Amour fou in the original French) is a collection of theoretical reflections interwoven with reminiscences of love by the surrealist poet, Andre Breton. AndrÃ© Breton (1896 - 1966) was a French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist, best known as the principal founder of Surrealism, whose writings include the Surrealist Manifesto of 1924.
2) Research Activity: Allow students time in class to conduct...
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