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AN AESTHETE’S LOST WAR: LYOTARD AND THE UN-SUBLIME ART OF NEW EUROPE

by BONITA RHOADS & VADIM ERENT *Originally published in Avant-Post, ed. Louis Armand (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2006) 85-113. It is a critical commonplace to observe that, following the procession of one ascendant modernist art movement after another, today the cluttered multiplicity of artistic production institutes no single prevailing orientation. Incorporating bio-tech experiments in genetic manipulation … Continue reading

INTERTEXTUAL LEY LINES: IAIN SINCLAIR BETWEEN POUND & JOYCE*

* Originally published in Subtexts: Essays on Fiction (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2015) 51-63. As Pound noted in his portrait of the artist as an ironic man, the demand of the twelve years that had come to constitute his London “age” was first and foremost that of the “image.” Hugh Selwyn Mauberley surveys his 1908-1920 London period, … Continue reading

THE ORGAN-GRINDER’S MONKEY

*Originally published as introduction to Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde under “Post-” Conditions (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006) pp. 1-17 The day will come when one original carrot will be enough to start a revolution. —Cézanne Is an avant-garde viable under the conditions of post-modernism? This question immediately gives rise to others, concerning the status of avant-gardes historical or … Continue reading

RAGS. PETROL. MATCHES.

PHOTO ESSAY by Penny Anti “Set fire to the old hypocrisies. Let the light of the burning building scare the nightingales and incarnadine the willows. And let the daughters of educated men dance around the fire and heap armful upon armful of dead leaves upon the flames.” – Virginia Woolf, urban terrorist “The condemnation, though … Continue reading

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