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Author Seita, Sophie (Poet), author.

Title Provisional avant-gardes : little magazine communities from Dada to digital / Sophie Seita
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 256 pages) : illustrations
Series Post-45
Post 45.
Contents Introduction : a theory of the avant-garde today -- The magazine as laboratory in New York proto-Dada communities -- The page as map in proto-conceptual magazines -- Proto-language and new narrative magazines as theoretical implements -- Feminist avant-garde magazines and hospitality after 1980 -- Communities of print in the digital age -- Epilogue : avant-garde fever
Summary What would it mean to be avant-garde today? Arguing against the notion that the avant-garde is dead or confined to historically "failed" movements, this book offers a more dynamic and inclusive theory of avant-gardes that accounts for how they work in our present. Innovative in approach, Provisional Avant-Gardes focuses on the medium of the little magazine--from early Dada experiments to feminist, queer, and digital publishing networks--to understand avant-gardes as provisional and heterogeneous communities. Paying particular attention to neglected women writers, artists, and editors alongside more canonical figures, it shows how the study of little magazines can change our views of literary and art history while shedding new light on individual careers. By focusing on the avant-garde's publishing history and group dynamics, Sophie Seita also demonstrates a new methodology for writing about avant-garde practice across time, one that is applicable to other artistic and non-artistic communities and that speaks to contemporary practitioners as much as scholars. In the process, she addresses fundamental questions about the intersections of aesthetic form and politics and about what we consider to be literature and art
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Arts, Modern -- 20th century.
Arts, Modern -- 21st century.
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- United States -- History
Literature, Experimental -- Publishing -- United States -- History
Little magazines -- Publishing -- United States -- History
Periodicals -- Publishing -- United States -- History
Arts, Modern.
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
Periodicals -- Publishing.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018056649
ISBN 1503609588