Confrontational Readings
Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes in Dutch and German

Edited by Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts and Olivier Couder

Germanic Literatures 21

Legenda

  28 September 2020  •  246pp

ISBN: 978-1-781884-01-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781884-04-1 (paperback, 2021)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

ISBN: 978-1-781884-07-2 (JSTOR ebook)

ContemporaryGermanDutchFictionPoetry


Confrontational Readings explores the manifold relationships between neo-avant-garde literatures. In the areas represented in the study (Flanders, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria), there is a surge of literary experiments with similar preoccupations after the Second World War. Experimental authors from these countries explore similar stylistic, narrative, and intermedial techniques. We can think of montage in fiction, visual procedures in poetry, and jazz-like improvisation in poetry and prose. Authors also engage with similar ideological positions, such as radical leftist thought.

This book offers an in-depth view of the literary neo-avant-garde, by thorough discussions of a selection of Dutch-speaking and German-speaking neo-avant-gardists. It also sheds new light on the oeuvres of the selected corpus by confronting each Dutch-speaking writer with a German-speaking writer. Each chapter ‘confronts’ two authors, discussing revealing and meaningful similarities as well as differences. In this transnational spirit, Confrontational Readings presents accessible introductions to each writer presented, and will be valuable to the general reader as well as to scholars of Dutch and German literatures.

Contents:

1
Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes in Confrontation
Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts
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2
‘i do not only commit myself — in making art — to one option’: Confronting Paul de Vree and Gerhard Rühm
Dirk de Geest, Michael Fisch
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3
The Winding Roads of the Abstract and the Concrete: Helmut Heißenbüttel and Mark Insingel
Lars Bernaerts, Johanna Bohley
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4
Hybrid Hydra-Heads: Friederike Mayröcker versus Lucienne Stassaert
Inge Arteel, Jeroen Dera
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5
Vogelaar and Wiener — the Minds of Artistic Agitation
Thomas Eder, Sven Vitse
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6
From the Document to the Sublime, There Is Only One Step: Boxing with Armando and Alexander Kluge
Jaap Grave, Gunther Martens
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7
Rolf Dieter Brinkmann and Patrick Conrad: Pop Poetry, Intermediality and Literary Countercultures in Flanders and Germany
Thomas Ernst, Hans Vandevoorde
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Bibliography entry:

Arteel, Inge, Lars Bernaerts, and Olivier Couder (eds), Confrontational Readings: Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes in Dutch and German, Germanic Literatures, 21 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Confrontational Readings: Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes in Dutch and German, ed. by Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts and Olivier Couder, Germanic Literatures, 21 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Arteel, Bernaerts, and Couder, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Arteel, Inge, Lars Bernaerts, and Olivier Couder (eds). 2020. Confrontational Readings: Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes in Dutch and German, Germanic Literatures, 21 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Arteel, Bernaerts, and Couder 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Arteel, Bernaerts, and Couder 2020: 21.

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