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The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde(s): Exorcising Experimental Theater and Performance

James M. Harding
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2013]
9780472118748 (hardback : acid-free paper), 0472118749 (hardback : acid-free paper), 9780472029365 (e-book)
"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"--
ix, 234 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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