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Anarchism and the Advent of Paris Dada

Art and Criticism, 1914-1924

Theresa Papanikolas

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Routledge
09 September 2016
Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada; Literary studies: from c 1900 -; Cultural studies; Anarchism
Anarchism and the Advent of Paris Dada sheds new light on Paris Dada's role in developing the anarchist and individualist philosophies that helped shape the cultural dialogue in France following the First World War. Drawing on such surviving documentation as correspondence, criticism, periodicals, pamphlets, and manifestoes, this book argues that, contrary to received wisdom, Dada was driven by a vision of social change through radical cultural upheaval. The first book-length study to interrogate the Paris Dadaists' complex and often contested position in the postwar groundswell of anarcho-individualism, Anarchism and the Advent of Paris Dada offers an unprecedented analysis of Paris Dada literature and art in relation to anarchism, and also revives a variety of little known anarcho-individualist texts and periodicals. In doing so, it reveals the general ideological diversity of the postwar French avant-garde and identifies its anarchist concerns; in addition, it challenges the accepted paradigm that postwar cultural politics were monolithically nationalist. By positioning Paris Dada in its anarchist context, this volume addresses a long-ignored lacuna in Dada scholarship and, more broadly, takes its place alongside the numerous studies that over the past two decades have problematized the politics of modern art, literature, and culture.
By:   Theresa Papanikolas
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138274402
ISBN 10:   1138274402
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   09 September 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents: Introduction; Anarchism and anarcho-individualism in postwar France; Constructing a postwar humanity: creative individualism and social responsibility; Deconstructing culture: revolutionary anarchism in Zurich and Paris Dada; Paris Dada and culture: critical responses; Towards a new construction: Breton's break with Dada and the formation of Surrealism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Theresa Papanikolas is Curator of European and American Art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, USA.

Reviews for Anarchism and the Advent of Paris Dada: Art and Criticism, 1914-1924

'Theresa Papanikolas's book on Paris Dada revises our understanding of this seminal movement which - in contrast to Berlin and Zurich Dada - has been too readily dismissed as lacking an ideological focus. The author's fresh perspective enables her to reconfigure the history of the movement in an exciting way that offers new insight on Paris Dadaist art and writing.' Mark Antliff, author of Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939


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