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The ghosts of the avant-garde(s) : exorcising experimental theater and performance

Author: James Martin Harding
Publisher: Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Pronouncements such as "the avant-garde is dead," argues James M. Harding, have suggested a unified history or theory of the avant-garde. His book examines the diversity and plurality of avant-garde gestures and expressions to suggest "avant-garde pluralities" and how an appreciation of these pluralities enables a more dynamic and increasingly global understanding of vanguardism in the performing arts. In pursuing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Martin Harding
ISBN: 9780472118748 0472118749 0472029363 9780472029365
OCLC Number: 820119245
Description: ix, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: avant-garde pluralities, an introduction --
Avant-garde rhetoric : show trials and collapsing discourse at the birth of surrealism --
From anti-culture to counter-culture : the emergence of the American hybrid vanguardism --
Critique of the artist as (re)producer : Warhol, The Living Theatre, and Frankenstein --
Brechtian aesthetics and the death of the director in Peter Brook's The Mahabharata --
From cutting edge to rough edges : on the transnational foundations of avant-garde performance --
Performing the vanquished vanguards : nostalgia, globalization, and the possibility of avant-gardes --
Victims of history and the ghosts of the avant-gardes : a plausibly deniable conclusion.
Responsibility: James M. Harding.

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"Pronouncements such as "the avant-garde is dead," argues James M. Harding, have suggested a unified history or theory of the avant-garde. His book examines the diversity and plurality of avant-garde gestures and expressions to suggest "avant-garde pluralities" and how an appreciation of these pluralities enables a more dynamic and increasingly global understanding of vanguardism in the performing arts. In pursuing this goal, the book not only surveys a wide variety of canonical and noncanonical examples of avant-garde performance, but also develops a range of theoretical paradigms that defend the haunting cultural and political significance of avant-garde expressions beyond what critics have presumed to be the death of the avant-garde. The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde(s) offers a strikingly new perspective not only on key controversies and debates within avant-garde studies but also on contemporary forms of avant-garde expression within a global political economy"--

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"Part of the function of an avant-garde ... is to revive and reanimate spirits long since crushed by outside forces, such as, most recently, globalization and the 'war on terror.' Harding's political Read more...

 
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