The artists and writers of the surrealist movement were creating their work as a direct response to the traumatic events of the world around them. I think the question of “How could artists and novelists create anything meaningful in a world so bitter and damaged?” is quite fitting for the current state of the world. By also embracing the world’s chaos and irrationality, let’s pretend like surrealism is our only answer in recovering from the traumatic events that wreak havoc on our world. Your short story can be a reaction to an event (the pandemic, police brutality, just to list a few examples) in the world or it can be a reaction to a personal traumatic event (like Leonora Carrington which is uploaded as a pdf below).
Also: Please study the link I have provided below before writing:
*You must include a short introduction explaining what conventions of the genre you are pulling from and using. In doing this, you will provide specific examples from your own story and information from the lecture. This intro should be on a separate page from the short story. *
Story Requirements: Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1 inch margins all the way around, 2-3 pages single spaced, and it must be marvelously bizarre.