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

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



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 non-canonical 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.


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