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

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

by Martin Puchner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691122598

ISBN-13: 9780691122595

Pub. Date: 11/21/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Poetry of the Revolution tells the story of political and artistic upheavals through the manifestos of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Ranging from the Communist Manifesto to the manifestos of the 1960s and beyond, it highlights the varied alliances and rivalries between socialism and repeated waves of avant-garde art. Martin Puchner argues

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Poetry of the Revolution tells the story of political and artistic upheavals through the manifestos of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Ranging from the Communist Manifesto to the manifestos of the 1960s and beyond, it highlights the varied alliances and rivalries between socialism and repeated waves of avant-garde art. Martin Puchner argues that the manifesto--what Marx called the "poetry" of the revolution--was the genre through which modern culture articulated its revolutionary ambitions and desires. When it intruded into the sphere of art, the manifesto created an art in its own image: shrill and aggressive, political and polemical. The result was "manifesto art"--combinations of manifesto and art that fundamentally transformed the artistic landscape of the twentieth century.

Central to modern politics and art, the manifesto also measures the geography of modernity. The translations, editions, and adaptations of such texts as the Communist Manifesto and the Futurist Manifesto registered and advanced the spread of revolutionary modernity and of avant-garde movements across Europe and to the Americas. The rapid diffusion of these manifestos was made "possible by networks--such as the successive socialist internationals and international avant-garde movements--that connected Santiago and Zurich, Moscow and New York, London and Mexico City. Poetry of the Revolution thus provides the point of departure for a truly global analysis of modernism and modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691122595
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2005
Series:
Translation/Transnation Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : manifestos - poetry of the revolution1
1The formation of a genre11
2Marxian speech acts23
3The history of the Communist manifesto33
4The geography of the Communist manifesto47
5Marinetti and the Avant-Garde manifesto69
6Russian futurism and the Soviet state94
7The rear guard of British modernism107
8Dada and the internationalism of the avant-garde135
9Huidobro's creation of a Latin American vanguard166
10Surrealism, latent and manifest179
11Artaud's manifesto theater196
12The manifesto in the sixties211
13Debord's society of the counterspectacle220
14The Avant-Garde is dead : long live the avant-garde!241
Epilogue : poetry for the future259

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