Dada and Beyond, Volume 1

Dada and Beyond, Volume 1 : Dada Discourses

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This collection of critical essays celebrates the subversive and challenging creativity of the Dada movement, born in pacifist Zurich in 1916 in violent reaction to the First World War. It examines the collective and individual activities that took place under the name of Dada in Zurich, Cologne, Berlin, Paris, New York and Barcelona, and explores the various creative forms employed, including text, collage, photomontage, objects, dance, performance and film. The authors suggest new ways of understanding the work of the most famous Dadaists, while also casting light on the contribution of hitherto neglected figures.

"Dada was a bomb", declared Max Ernst in an interview in 1958. "Can you imagine anyone, almost half a century after the explosion of a bomb, trying to collect its fragments and stick them together in order to display them?" The aim of this volume is not to reconstitute the bomb, but to analyse some of its explosive effects and after-effects that continue to resonate nearly a century later. Far from attempting to reduce Dada to a homogeneous movement, or to define a unifying principle beneath and beyond the multiple directions taken by Dadaists, this collection aims to respect the diversity and heterogeneity of the movement's collective activities as well as the specificity of its individual actors.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 19.05mm | 524g
  • Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English, French
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 904203355X
  • 9789042033559
  • 2,574,790

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Elza Adamowicz and Eric Robertson: Preface: Dada and Beyond: "Eggs Laid by Tigers"
Dada Politics, Dada Poetics
Henri Behar: La Colombe poignardee: Dada politique
Anna Katharina Schaffner: Dissecting the Order of Signs: On the Textual Politics of Dada Poetics
Marc Decimo: Comment, autour de DADA, construction de la "modernite" et Description - Revolution - Revelation - Subversion de la langue s'articulerent
Timo Kaitaro: Irresponsabilite dadaiste et surrealiste
Dada Objects
Mary Ann Caws: The Object of Dada
Eric Robertson: Everyday Miracles: Arp's Object-Language
Nina Parish: "Pour faire un livre dadaiste": Dada Experimentation with Book Form
Dada Tactics
Raluca Lupu-Onet: Paul Nouge et les strategies de denegation
Ruth Hemus: The Manifesto of Celine Arnauld
Vincent Antoine: Johannes Baader, Dada et la folie
Dada Portraits and Identities
Raihan Kadri: Dadaist Poker: The Body and the Reformation of Form
Walburga Krupp: Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber: The Quintessential Dada Couple
Aurelie Verdier: La Tentation du vide. Francis Picabia et le portrait dada
Elza Adamowicz: Between Museum and Fashion Journal: Hybrid Identities in the Photomontages of Hannah Hoech
Dada Languages
Andreas Kramer: Speaking Dada: The Politics of Language
Andrew Rothwell: "Je detruis les tiroirs du cerveau": Reading Incoherence in Picabia and Automatic Writing
David Christoffel: L'Envers melodiste d'Unique Eunuque
Bernard Noel: Dada PaDada Dada
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