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Author Winner, Thomas G. Author.

Title The Czech Avant-Garde Literary Movement Between the World Wars edited by Ondrej Sládek and Michael Heim Thomas G. Winner, Ondrej Sládek, Michael Heim [electronic resource]

Published New York Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers 201510


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st, New ed.
Physical description 200 p.
Contents Contents: The Antecedents – The Proletarian Movement and the Evolution of Poetist Theory – The Poetist Practice of Vítezslav Nezval – The Poetist Practice of Jaroslav Seifert – The Poetist Prose of Vladislav Vancura – The Relation of the Prague Linguistic Circle to Poetism – From Poetism to Surrealism.
Summary The Czech Avant-Garde Literary Movement Between the Two World Wars tells the little-known story of the renaissance of Czech literary arts in the period between the two world wars. The avant-garde writers during this period broke down the barrier between the elite literary language and the vernacular and turned to spoken language, substandard forms, everyday sources such as newspapers and detective stories, and forms of popular entertainment such as the circus and the cabaret. In his analyses of the writings of this period, Thomas G. Winner illuminates the aesthetic and linguistic characteristics of these works and shows how poetry and linguistics can be combined. The Czech Avant-Garde Literary Movement Between the Two World Wars is essential reading for courses on modern Czech literature, comparative literature, and Slavic literature.
«At last, the Czech literary avant-garde between the wars is the subject of a book as lively as its most intoxicating poetic creations. Like his mentor and friend Roman Jakobson, Thomas G. Winner was a linguistic polymath, a capacious thinker, and the embodiment of all that was most admirable in the cosmopolitan tradition of European scholarship on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner’s imagination and formidable skills as a scholar are on impressive display in this book, which covers the visual arts, theater, music, and philosophy. Anyone seeking an introduction to the intensely vibrant culture of Czech modernism can do no better than this study, the lifework of one of the most thoughtful interpreters of literature of the twentieth century.» (Edward Dimendberg, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Visual Studies, and European Languages and Studies, University of California, Irvine)
History notes Thomas G. Winner was born in Prague. He left Czechoslovakia in 1939 to attend Harvard University, where he had won one of the coveted fellowships designed to get students out of Nazi-occupied Europe. He received his BA and his MA from Harvard and his PhD from Columbia University. He was a Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature at Duke University, University of Michigan, and Brown University. At Brown he directed the Center for Research in Semiotics. He was awarded an honorary degree from Masaryk University in Brno in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded the Dobrovsky Medal from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and in 1988 received the Laureate Memorial Medal on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of Charles University in Prague. His previous books include Kazakh Literature and Oral Art and Chekhov and His Prose as well as many edited volumes and over 160 scholarly articles.
Other author Sládek, Ondrej editor Editor.
Heim, Michael editor Editor.
ISBN 9781453913970
Standard Number 9781453913970