This book presents a series of detailed textual analyses of a range of Tzaras poetry. It explores use theories of French versification developed by Jean Cohen to argue that Tzara's Dada poetry displays a surprising affinity with conventions of poetry as an established representational practice.
1. Introduction 2. Talking Nonsense: Glossolalia and Freudian Condensation in Vingt-cinq poèmes (1918) 3. Tristan Tzaras Silent Circus: Towards a Stylistics of Sense Fields in De nos oiseaux (1923) 4. The Surrealist Song-Man: The Glossolalia of Abjection in L'Homme approximatif (1931) 5. The Tears of the Clown: Loss and Nationhood in Où boivent les loups (1932) and Midis gagnés (1939) 6. ‘Parler Seul’: Memory, Syntax, and the Prose Poem in De mémoire d'homme (1950) and Miennes (1955) 7. Conclusion