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

Poetry of the Revolution

Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes

Paperback Published: 11th December 2005
ISBN: 9780691122601
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

[A] bold venture into relatively unexplored terrain. Poetry of the Revolution is an intelligent and informative work, offering by far the best survey of its subject now available. -- Kheya Bag New Left Review

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Manifestos-Poetry of the Revolutionp. 1
Marx and the Manifesto
The Formation of a Genrep. 11
Marxian Speech Actsp. 23
The History of the Communist Manifestop. 33
The Geography of the Communist Manifestop. 47
The Futurism Effect
Marinetti and the Avant-Garde Manifestop. 69
Russian Futurism and the Soviet Statep. 94
The Rear Guard of British Modernismp. 107
The Avant-Garde at Large
Dada and the Internationalism of the Avant-Gardep. 135
Huidobro's Creation of a Latin American Vanguardp. 166
Manifestos as Means and End
Surrealism, Latent and Manifestp. 179
Artaud's Manifesto Theaterp. 196
A New Poetry for a New Revolution
The Manifesto in the Sixtiesp. 211
Debord's Society of the Counterspectaclep. 220
The Avant-Garde Is Dead: Long Live the Avant-Garde!p. 241
Epilogue: Poetry for the Futurep. 259
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780691122601
ISBN-10: 0691122601
Series: Translation/Transnation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th December 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: Annotated