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This monograph offers the first-ever, full-length analysis of the most irreverent book of Italian Futurism: L’anguria lirica, printed in 1934 on tin metal sheets, with design and poetic text by Tullio d’Albisola and illustrations by Bruno Munari. This study, which features the unabridged reproduction of the pages of the tin book, accompanied by the first English translation of the poem, aims to disentangle the complex relationship between text and image in this total artwork. It shows how the endless series of material transformations at its core – of woman into food, of love into desecrating religion, of man into machine, of poetry into matter – fostered a radical change in poetry-writing, thus breaking away from a stagnant lyrical past.
Avant-Garde Critical Studies (founded in 1987) is a series for themed-anthologies and monographs on all aspects of avant-garde and avant-gardism in modern literature, theatre, music, visual and applied arts, architecture and design from the late nineteenth century to the present.

We publish high quality research on specific trends in single arts, countries and regions, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary studies in the interrelation between the different arts as well as between the arts, social and political contexts and cultural life in the broadest sense and all its diversity.

All manuscripts will be subjected to a double peer review which is part of the acceptation process.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.
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The series also contains as a subseries the reference work A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, which provides a comprehensive overview and in-depth analysis of the cultural manifestations of the avant-garde in the Nordic countries from 1900-2010s.
Due to its success and the continued need to decenter the avant-garde we are continuing this format in a Companion Series, poignantly called: A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde: A Companion Series. Here you can soon explore more regions covered.
The electronic version of Avant-Garde Critical Studies, a series founded in 1987 for themed-anthologies and monographs on all aspects of avant-garde and avant-gardism in modern literature, theatre, music, visual and applied arts, architecture and design from the late nineteenth century to the present.

We publish high quality research on specific trends in single arts, countries and regions, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary studies in the interrelation between the different arts as well as between the arts, social and political contexts and cultural life in the broadest sense and all its diversity.
The anthology consists of essays authored by scholars of different nationalities from diverse cultures, nations and primary languages. They cover Conrad’s presence across multiple media (fiction, films, comics, and graphic novels).

The collection is unique because the contributors focused on Conrad’s presence in contemporary culture – a constantly changing field – rather than well-trodden paths. The exploration of Polish, French, Italian, Spanish, English and American works of art strengthens its originality. The artists discussed in connection with Conrad include Olga Tokarczuk, Stanisław Lem, Robert Silveberg, Loic Godart, Christian Bobin, Christian Perrissin, Tom Tirabosco, Eduardo Berti, J.M. Coetzee, Michelangelo Antonioni.

Last but not least, the volume contains 20 stunning reproductions in full colour from films, graphic novels and comics.
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On account of Conrad’s tragic and fascinating life before he became a writer, critics have usually offered a historical account of his early Polish years. Less attention has been paid to the cultural and literary background of that period and its subsequent influence. In fact, initially that influence was largely ignored. My aim has been not only to rectify that deficiency but to broaden the scope of the issue. In addition to dealing with his Polish background, the book also relates Conrad’s writing to other European literary traditions, notably French and Russian. Exploring the extraordinary geographical and historical range of Conrad’s fictional world, the book examines the rhetorical and narrative strategies employed in its vividly dramatic as well as psychologically insightful depictions.
This rich, in-depth exploration of Dada’s roots in East-Central Europe is a vital addition to existing research on Dada and the avant-garde. Through deeply researched case studies and employing novel theoretical approaches, the volume rewrites the history of Dada as a story of cultural and political hybridity, border-crossings, transitions, and transgressions, across political, class and gender lines. Dismantling prevailing notions of Dada as a “Western” movement, the contributors to this volume present East-Central Europe as the locus of Dada activity and techniques. The articles explore how artists from the region pre-figured Dada as well as actively “cannibalized”, that is, reabsorbed and further hybridized, a range of avant-garde techniques, thus challenging “Western” cultural hegemony.
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How did German composers brand their music as Venetian? How did the Other fare in other languages, when Cabeza’s Relación of colonial Americas appeared in translations? How did Altdorf emblems travel to colonial America and Sweden? What does Virtue look like in a library collection? And what was Boccaccio’s Decameron doing in the Ethica section? From representations of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen in Prussia, to the Ottoman Turks, from German wedding music to Till Eulenspiegel, from the translation of Horatian Odes and encyclopedias of heraldry, these essays by leading scholars explore the transmission, translation, and organization of knowledge in early modern Germany, contributing sophisticated insights to the history of the early modern book and its contents.
The works and biography of Heinrich von Kleist have fascinated authors, artists, and philosophers for centuries, and his enduring relevance is evident in the emblematic role he has played for generations. Kleist’s prose works remain “utterly unique” seventy years after Thomas Mann described their singular appeal, his dramas remain “disturbingly current” four decades after E.L. Doctorow characterized their modernity, and twenty-first century readers need not read far before finding the unresolved questions of the current century in Kleist. Heinrich von Kleist: Artistic and Aesthetic Legacies explores examples of Kleist’s impact on artistic creations and aesthetic theory spanning over two centuries of seismic metaphysical crises and nightmare scenarios from Europe to Mexico to Japan to manifestations of the American Dream.
One of the defining features of modernism lies in its far-reaching rethinking of the relation between the human and the non-human. In the present volume, this crucial aspect of modernism’s legacy is investigated from an authentically transnational perspective, taking an innovative stance on a diverse range of authors – from posthumanist classics such as Beckett and Woolf to Valentine de Saint-Point, Radoje Domanovic and Aldo Palazzeschi among others.
On the one hand, this collection sheds new light on the modernist contribution to posthumanism, providing a valuable reference point for future studies on the topic. On the other, it offers a new take on the transnational dimension of modernism, highlighting unexplored convergences between modernist authors from several different national contexts.
Materialities of the Mental in the Works of James Joyce
James Joyce’s evocations of his characters’ thoughts are often inserted within a commonplace that regards the mind as an interior space, referred to as the ‘inward turn’ in literary scholarship since the mid-twentieth century. Emma-Louise Silva reassesses this vantage point by exploring Joyce’s modernist fiction through the prism of 4E – or embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive – cognition. By merging the 4E framework with cognitive-genetic narratology, an innovative form of inquiry that brings together the study of the dynamics of writing processes and the study of cognition in relation to narratives, Modernist Minds: Materialities of the Mental in the Works of James Joyce delves into the material stylistic choices through which Joyce’s approaches to mind depiction evolved.