|Webber, Andrew J.|
The European Avant-garde
Cultural History of Literature
1. Edition July 2004
2004. 272 Pages, Softcover
ISBN 978-0-7456-2705-2 - John Wiley & Sons
Also available as Hardcover.
This book offers an informative and accessible cultural history of the European avant-garde in its early twentieth-century heyday. It provides comparative coverage of cultural experimentation across the major European languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Italian.
Andrew Webber presents striking examples to illustrate a time of unprecedented experiment and energetic performance in all aspects of culture. Readings of some of the most important and characteristic avant-garde texts, pictures and films are set against some of the key developments of the period: advances in technology and psychology; the rise of radical politics; the cultural ferment of the modern metropolis; and the upheaval in issues of gender and sexuality. The author's mediation between a variety of cultural forms, combining political and psychoanalytical modes of understanding, evokes the richness of the age in a manner that students will find both illuminating and provocative.
This volume will be an excellent textbook for courses on the avant-garde in departments of comparative cultural studies, literature and film studies.
From the contents
List of Plates.
1. Introduction: The Historical Avant-garde and Cultural History.
2. Manifestations: The Public Sphere.
3. Writing the City: Urban Technology and Poetic Technique.
4. Modes of Performance: Film-Theatre.
5. Case Histories: Narratives of the Avant-garde.
Conclusion: Allegories of the Avant-garde.
Epilogue: After the Avant-garde?.