Anarchism and the Avant-Garde

Radical Arts and Politics in Perspective


Editor: Carolin Kosuch
Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: Radical Arts and Politics in Perspective contributes to the continuing debate on the encounter of the classical anarchisms (1860s−1940s) and the artistic and literary avant-gardes of the same period, probing its dimensions and limits. Case studies on Dadaism, decadence, fauvism, neo-impressionism, symbolism, and various anarchisms explore the influence anarchism had on the avant-gardes and reflect on avant-garde tendencies within anarchism. This volume also explores the divergence of anarchism and the avant-gardes. It offers a rich examination of politics and arts, and it complements an ongoing discourse with theoretical tools to better assess the aesthetic, social, and political cross-pollination that took place between the avant-gardes and the anarchists in Europe.

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Biographical Note

Carolin Kosuch, Dr. phil. (2014) University of Leipzig, is Research Associate at the University of Göttingen. She has published extensively on nineteenth-century European history, including Missratene Söhne. Anarchismus und Sprachkritik im Fin de Siècle (Göttingen, 2015).


This volume will be of interest to scholars who work on the debates surrounding anarchism in culture and politics. The same counts for scholars interested in the specifics of the avant-gardes.

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