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“ROTATION REROTATION SUPRAROTATION”

PRAGUE DADA & THE REVISIONIST POLITICS OF INTERWAR AVANT-GARDISM

 

It is a frequently repeated assertion that Dada, like the Plague of 1348, passed the City of a Thousand Spires by – an assertion given credence by the few commentaries & ripostes published by the likes of Roman Jakobson & Karel Teige between 1921 & 1926, & uncritically repeated by contemporary historians like Karel Srp (as in MIT Press’ Between Worlds: A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910-1930 [2002], for example). Yet the assertion is a highly doubtful one. Continue reading

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