Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes / Edition 1

Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes / Edition 1

by Martin Puchner
     
 

"From Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto down to the avant-garde theatre of the present, the manifesto is, as Martin Puchner demonstrates in this dazzling, brilliantly original, and deeply learned book, 'an act of self-foundation and self-creation,' unique in its exhortation to action, not by means of lofty principles but through its artistic form. In its

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"From Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto down to the avant-garde theatre of the present, the manifesto is, as Martin Puchner demonstrates in this dazzling, brilliantly original, and deeply learned book, 'an act of self-foundation and self-creation,' unique in its exhortation to action, not by means of lofty principles but through its artistic form. In its fusion of the political and the poetic as they coexist in twentieth-century movements from Futurism to Situationism, Poetry of the Revolution is one of the few indispensable studies of the avant-garde. In a very crowded field, it stands out, quite simply, as a classic."—Marjorie Perloff, author of The Futurist Moment and The Vienna Paradox

"Martin Puchner navigates masterfully through the complex interactions between political and aesthetic manifestos. His account of the past, however, is also a call to renew and continue the work of manifestos in the future."—Michael Hardt, coauthor of Empire and Multitude

"Poetry of the Revolution is remarkable for its breadth of scholarship and its poised, authoritative style. It will stand for a long time as an authoritative history and elegant reinterpretation of the manifesto form. Few scholars have sustained a close and equal attention to the historical and formal trajectories of both the political manifesto and the aesthetic manifesto. Puchner does so with great scholarly brio, not only tracing the afterlife of the Communist Manifesto as a world text and a generic pioneer, but also bringing his considerable learning to bear on the forms and fates of a great number of avant-garde manifestos, from 1909 to 1999."—Jed Esty, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, author of A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England

"Martin Puchner has written a finely detailed, comparative, and well-researched history of the art manifesto in the twentieth century. Poetry of the Revolution makes an important contribution to our understanding of the place of the manifesto in modern culture, and it will be of considerable use not only to students of modern literature but also to students of twentieth-century art more generally."—Vincent Pecora, University of California, Los Angeles, author of Nations and Identities

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691122601
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2005
Series:
Translation/Transnation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
941,300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS xi

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

INTRODUCTION: Manifestos—Poetry of the Revolution 1

PART ONE: MARX AND THE MANIFESTO

CHAPTER 1: The Formation of a Genre 11

CHAPTER 2: Marxian Speech Acts 23

CHAPTER 3: The History of the Communist Manifesto 33

CHAPTER 4: The Geography of the Communist Manifesto 47

PART TWO: THE FUTURISM EFFECT

CHAPTER 5: Marinetti and the Avant-Garde Manifesto 69

CHAPTER 6: Russian Futurism and the Soviet State 94

CHAPTER 7: The Rear Guard of British Modernism 107

PART THREE: THE AVANT-GARDE AT LARGE

CHAPTER 8: Dada and the Internationalism of the Avant-Garde 135

CHAPTER 9: Huidobro's Creation of a Latin American Vanguard 166

PART FOUR: MAN I FESTOS AS MEANS AND END

CHAPTER 10: Surrealism,Latent and Manifest 179

CHAPTER 11: Artaud's Manifesto Theater 196

PART FIVE: A NEW POETRY FOR A NEW REVOLUTION

CHAPTER 12: The Manifesto in the Sixties 211

CHAPTER 13: Debord's Society of the Counterspectacle 220

CHAPTER 14: The Avant-Garde Is Dead:Long Live the Avant-Garde! 241

EPILOGUE: Poetry for the Future 259

NOTES 263

BIBLIOGRAPHY 295

INDEX 309

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