Dada as text, thought and theory

Stephen Forcer

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The Dada movement, revered as perhaps the purest form of cultural subversion and provocation in 20th-century Europe, has been a victim of the readiness with which cultural historians have swallowed Dada’s own propaganda. Based on extensive close analysis of French-language Dada work in its original form, and offering English translations throughout, this major reappraisal looks at a broad range of media and topics – including poetry, film, philosophy, and quantum physics – in order to get beyond Dada’s typecasting as avant-garde anti-hero. Work by women writers and other marginalized figures combines with that of canonical Dadaists to present Dada in a radically new set of guises: poetic and textually subtle; intellectually and philosophically meaningful; peaceable and quasi-Buddhist; and, perhaps most uncomfortably of all, conformist and reactionary.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages172
ISBN (Print)9781907975837
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameResearch Monographs in French Studies

Bibliographical note

This book was shortlisted for the 2016 R.H. Gapper Book Prize (UK Society for French Studies). The prize is awarded annually for the best book produced by a French Studies scholar based in the UK and Ireland. The book has been reviewed in Journal of European Studies (Richard Sheppard, March 2016), Forum for Modern Language Studies (April 2016), Modern Language Review (Elza Adamowicz, October 2016), French Studies (Andrew Rothwell, December 2016). ISBN 978-1-907975-83-7.


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