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Democracy, Law and the Modernist Avant-Gardes: Writing in the State of Exception

Sascha Bru


This book looks at the ties between European modernism and democracy in a cross-cultural manner. Focusing on the continental avant-gardes of the nineteen-tens and twenties, it fundamentally revises our understanding of modernism's cultural and political history. The book brings together a wide range of European experimental writers and provides detailed analyses of Italian futurist F.T. Marinetti, German Dadaist Richard Huelsenbeck and Belgian expressionist Paul van Ostaijen. It locates these writers within their exceptional democratic context and demonstrates how the modernist avant-garde, du ... More

Keywords: European modernism, democracy, European experimental writers, F.T. Marinetti, Richard Huelsenbeck, Paul van Ostaijen, First World War, avant-gardists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748639250
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sascha Bru, author