DescriptionThis 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.
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.