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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 10/20/2014)