Article | NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009 | “L’art; expression de la Société; est précurseur et révélateur”: The Heterogeneity of the Notion of “Avant-Garde”

Title:
“L’art; expression de la Société; est précurseur et révélateur”: The Heterogeneity of the Notion of “Avant-Garde”
Author:
Per Bäckström: University of Tromsø, Norway
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Year:
2009
Conference:
NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009
Issue:
042
Article no.:
006
Pages:
61-79
No. of pages:
19
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2010-04-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


In this article; I shall try to shed some new light upon the notion of avant-garde; with the pur-pose of showing its different national use and heterogeneity of meaning. This pluralism is overlooked today because of the hegemony of English in academic studies; which leads one to believe that a consensus exists in the use of the term “avant-garde”; since so many aca-demics write their articles and books in this language. This article; therefore; is an attempt to recuperate the notion of “avant-garde” to stringent use and gain a deeper insight into the aes-thetic movements of modernity and late modernity. I hope to show that; despite the fact that many writers believe that there exists only one recognition of the notion of “avant-garde”; the understanding of the Anglo-American “centre” is actually as peripheral as that of other coun-tries – which are normally regarded as peripheries. Instead of retaining the logocentric dichot-omy of centre-periphery; an understanding of the heterogeneity forces us to realize that this dichotomy is of no value; since all understandings are equally peripheral when it comes to the notion of “avant-garde” in an international perspective.

NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Per Bäckström
Title:
“L’art; expression de la Société; est précurseur et révélateur”: The Heterogeneity of the Notion of “Avant-Garde”
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NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Per Bäckström
Title:
“L’art; expression de la Société; est précurseur et révélateur”: The Heterogeneity of the Notion of “Avant-Garde”
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