The Janus Face of the German Avant-Garde

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1879-9

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1878-2
Publication Date
February 2002
Page Count
255 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

The Janus Face of the German Avant-Garde

From Expressionism Toward Postmodernism
Rainer Rumold

Among the avant-garde of the early twentieth century, the German movement remains one of the least understood in the current avant-garde and modernism debates. Rainer Rumold fills this gap with the first large-scale reassessment of the heyday and afterlife of German expressionist and Dada productions as a prolonged crisis of literary culture.

About the Author

Rainer Rumold is a professor of German at Northwestern University. He is the author of Gottfried Benn und der Expressionismus and the coeditor of The Ideological Crisis of Expressionism and Eugene Jolas's Man from Babel.

"Theoretically sophisticated and stimulating, the book represents a valuable contribution toward reconceptualizing German literary Expressionism as an avant-garde movement caught in the contradictory tensions of 'becoming conscious of its own predicament.'" —Monatshefte

"A notable, important contribution to twentieth-century avant-garde studies which, substantially different from Peter Bürger, defines the German avant-garde as mediating modernity and tradition, as a transitional phenomenon." —Tyrus Miller, author of Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts between the World Wars