Michèle Bernstein papers
- Majority of material found within 1958 - 1964
- Bernstein, Michèle (Author)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Box 7 (Guy Debord poems): Restricted until 2022 January 1. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
4.05 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Michèle Bernstein (1932- ) is a French writer. She was a founding member of the avant-garde group Internationale situationniste from 1957-1967, a member of the editorial committee of the Internationale situationniste journal, and the first wife of the movement’s leading figure, Guy Debord (1931-1994).
While a student at La Sorbonne, Paris, Bernstein associated with the Internationale lettriste and contributed to its newsletter Potlatch. Bernstein and Guy Debord met in 1952 and married in 1954. In 1957, Debord and Bernstein were among a group of break-away Lettrists who formed the Internationale situationniste, along with Ralph Rumney of the London Psychogeographical Association, members of the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, Asger Jorn, Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, and Piero Simondo, and others. Bernstein then wrote for the Internationale situationniste journal, and authored two roman à clef novels about the I.S.’s inner circle, Tous les chevaux du roi (1960) and La Nuit (1961).
Bernstein left the I.S. in 1967 and, though separated before, Debord and Bernstein divorced in 1972.
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- Authors, French -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Counterculture -- Europe -- Periodicals
- Debord, Guy, 1931-1994
- Internationale lettriste
- Internationale situationniste
- Jorn, Asger, 1914-1973
- Literature, Experimental -- Europe -- 20th century
- Periodical editors -- France -- Paris -- 20th century
- Protest literature
- Situationist literature
- Skandinavisk institut for sammenlignende vandalisme
- Guide to the Michèle Bernstein Papers
- Ève Bourbeau-Allard
- July 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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