Everything Has Already Been Written

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Publication Date
December 2018
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Everything Has Already Been Written

Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance
Gerald Janecek

In this book, Gerald Janecek provides a comprehensive account of Moscow Conceptualist poetry and performance, arguably the most important development in the arts of the late Soviet period and yet one underappreciated in the West. Such innovative poets as Vsevolod Nekrasov, Lev Rubinstein, and Dmitry Prigov are among the most prominent literary figures of Russia in the 1980s and 1990s, yet they are virtually unknown outside Russia. The same is true of the numerous active Russian performance art groups, especially the pioneering Collective Actions group, led by the brilliantly inventive Andrey Monastyrsky.

Everything Has Already Been Written strives to make Moscow Conceptualism more accessible, to break the language barrier and to foster understanding among an international readership by thoroughly discussing a broad range of specific works and theories. Janecek's study is the first comprehensive analysis of Moscow Conceptualist poetry and theory, vital for an understanding of Russian culture in the post-Conceptualist era.
About the Author

GERALD JANECEK is a professor emeritus of Russian at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 19001930; ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism; and Sight and Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry; and the editor of Staging the Image: Dmitry Prigov as Artist and Writer.

"This book is the first serious attempt to discuss the poetry and performance of the Moscow Conceptualist movement. Written in fluid, accessible language, Janecek's book demonstrates vast knowledge of the sources and a deep understanding of the cultural context in which the movements emerged and developed." —Boris Groys, author of History Becomes Form: Moscow Conceptualism

"This is an exceptionally well researched book that is clearly years in the making. Pulling together information from hundreds of printed and online sources relating to Moscow Conceptualism, it reflects an author motivated by intellectual passion and unflinching dedication to his endeavor." —Sarah Pratt, author of Russian Metaphysical Romanticism

"A vivid picture of artistic life in the USSR during the period of so-called zastoi (stagnation). Highly recommended." —Choice