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?.
Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam
‘Andrew J. Webber's superb new book looks at the constitution of the avant-garde in early twentieth-century European thought. Ranging from architecture and urban space to theatre and film, Webber's take on the avant-garde throws new light on its contradictions and complexities. This is a book for all humanists interested in the formation of twentieth-century sensibilities across the entire spectrum of modern cultural life.’Sander L. Gilman, University of Illinois at Chicago
provides comparative coverage of the cultural forms produced by the Avant-garde movement from the 6 major European languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian.
deals with a wide range of forms of cultural production, including film, theatre, art, narrative, poetry and exhibition, addressing the relationships between these forms.
informative and accessible for students of a variety of disciplines, primarily in comparative studies, literature and cultural studies, and film.
- assumes no prior knowledge of the period and all texts are translated.