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Martin Puchner, <i>Poetry of the Revolution. Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes</i> 2006.

Author(s): Hubert van den Berg

Journal: Nordlit : Tidsskrift i litteratur og kultur
ISSN 1503-2086

Issue: 21;
Start page: 300;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Manifestanismus | Martin Puchner | Poetry of the Revolution. Marx | Manifestos | and the Avant-Gardes

The genre of the manifesto belongs to the key elements of avant-garde textuality. As such, the manifesto has received considerable attention in recent avant-garde research. Many articles, chapters in general studies on the avant-garde, several collections of essays, monographs and annotated anthologies have been devoted to the manifesto in the past decades. Martin Puchner's book on the avant-garde manifesto is a latecomer in this context, published some ten years after a wave of Manifestantismus struck in particular continental European avant-garde research. As in the case of any late arrival, the main question is self-evidently: what adds Puchner to already existing literature? The answer must be rather ambivalent. Puchner's book definitely fills a lacuna in the Anglophone historiography of the avant-garde.
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