The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde

Harding, James M.

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A spirited challenge to previous notions of the avant-garde and avant-garde performance Num Pages: 248 pages. BIC Classification: ANF; JFC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 229 x 152 x 20. Weight in Grams: 386. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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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.

About the Author: James M. Harding is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. His previous books include Cutting Performances: Collage Events, Feminist Artists, and the American Avant-Garde and the co-edited collections Not the Other Avant-Garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance and Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theaters and Their Legacies.

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