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Authors:Per Bäckström: University of Tromsø, Norway
Publication title:“L’art, expression de la Société, est précurseur et révélateur”: The Heterogeneity of the Notion of “Avant-Garde”
Conference:NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:042
Article No.:006
Abstract: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.
Language:English
Year:2009
No. of pages:19
Pages:61-79
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3740
ISSN (online):1650-3686
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/006/ecp0942006.pdf
Available:2010-04-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Per Bäckström (2009). “L’art, expression de la Société, est précurseur et révélateur”: The Heterogeneity of the Notion of “Avant-Garde”, NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=042;article=006 (accessed 7/28/2014)