Benjamin Péret Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Caws, Mary Ann, editor. About French Poetry: From Dada To “Tel Quel”. Wayne State University Press, 1974.

A collection of essays on French poetry of the twentieth century. Includes essays on Péret and Breton, as well as discussion of “automatic writing.”

Chénieux-Gendron, Jacqueline. “Surrealists in Exile: Another Kind of Resistance.” Poetics Today Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall, 1996, 437–451.

Discussion of surrealist writers who lived and wrote in exile, in terms of the relationship between their poetry and their politics. Includes discussion of Péret.

Ginway, M. Elizabeth. “Surrealist Benjamin Péret and Brazilian Modernism.” Hispania Vol. 75, No. 3, September, 1992, 543–53.

Examination of Péret's residence in Brazil from 1929 to 1931, assessing the impact of his surrealism on the Brazilian Modernist Movement.

Higgins, Ian. “Tradition and Myth in French Resistance Poetry: Reaction or Subversion?” in Forum for Modern Language Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1985, 45–58.

Examines the works of several poets of the French Resistance in terms of Péret's criticism that they are nationalist and patriotic.

Jackson, Elizabeth R. Worlds Apart: Structural Parallels in the Poetry of Paul Valéry, Saint-John Perse, Benjamin Péret, and René Char. Mouton, 1976.

Comparative analysis of four French poets. Includes a chapter on Péret.

Matthews, J. H. Benjamin Péret. Twayne Publishers, 1975.

Analysis of central principles, themes, and stylistic elements of Péret's poetry.

Péret, Benjamin. A Marvelous World: Poems by Benjamin Péret, translated by Elizabeth R. Jackson. Louisiana State University Press, 1985.

A collection of poems by Péret, translated and introduced by Jackson.

Rosemont, Franklin. “An Introduction to Benjamin Péret.” Radical America Vol. 4, No. 6, August, 1970, 1–13.

Discussion of Péret's life and work in terms of his radical politics.

Additional coverage of Péret's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 117, 186; and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 20.