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Form and Meaning in Avant-Garde Collage and Montage

1st Edition

By Magda Dragu


272 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-02-25
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This book uses intermedial theories to study collage and montage, tracing the transformation of visual collage into photomontage in the early avant-garde period.

Magda Dragu distinguishes between the concepts of collage and montage, as defined across several media (fine arts, literature, music, film, photography), based on the type of artistic meaning they generate, rather than the mechanical procedures involved. The book applies theories of intermediality to collage and montage, which is crucial for understanding collage as a form of cultural production. Throughout, the author considers the political implications, as collages and montages were often used for propagandistic purposes.

This book combines research methods used in several areas of inquiry: art history, literary criticism, analytical philosophy, musicology, and aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Part One: Theories of intermediality: form and meaning

1. The history

2. The theory

Part Two: Collage

3. A heterogeneous articulation of meaning: avant-garde visual and verbal collage

4. "The whole shebang!": musical collage and meaning

Part Three: From collage to montage

5. ‘Transparent’ replacements: visual collage and heterogeneous photomontage

6. Intermedial models: film montage and homogeneous photomontage

7. Chasing the ‘greased pig’ of meaning: literary and musical montage

About the Author

Magda Dragu is visiting scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University Bloomington.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)