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The Early Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

1st Edition

By Willard Bohn


178 pages

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This book focuses on avant-garde literature and art in Europe and America during the first quarter of the twentieth century. It examines five movements that shaped our response to the demands of the modern age and contributed to the creation of a modern sensibility: Cubism, Futurism, the Metaphysical School, Dada, and Surrealism. Each of these arose in response to recent scientific, technological, and/or philosophical developments that drastically affected modern civilization. In turn, each was responsible for a major paradigm shift that altered the way in which we view—and respond to--the world around us. The final chapter is comparative in nature and studies the role of the mannequin in literature and art during the same period.

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About the Author

Willard Bohn is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature at Illinois State University. He received his Ph. D. in French from the University of California at Berkeley and has been a visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University, the University of Cambridge,and Durham University among others. In 2005 he was elected Oliver Smithies Lecturer, Balliol College, Oxford University. An active scholar, Professor Bohn has published 158 scholarly articles and seventeen books including The Aesthetics of Visual Poetry, The Rise of Surrealism, and The Avant-Garde Imperative.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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