Resistance to the Avant-Garde; Criticism of the Avant-Garde in Dutch Literary Periodicals

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During the first decades of the 20th century there is a thorough awareness in the Netherlands of international developments in the avant-garde, but it is generally regarded with disdain or even derision. Resistance against the avant-garde is the attitude most generally taken. In this contribution we wish to offer an explanation for that resistance, without falling back on vague generalizations, such as the following: New developments only reached the Netherlands fifty years later, only with the Fifties Movement did the Netherlands start to play a part in the avant-garde. For the Netherlands were not later at all, as we now know. There is general agreement among literary historians that the historic avant-garde in the Netherlands was in step with that in other countries (The Style group, including Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondriaan), but it was also a rather marginal phenomenon.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationAvant-Garde and Criticism
EditorsK. Beekman, J. de Vries
Place of PublicationAmsterdam & New York
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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NameAvant-garde critical studies


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