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An Austrian Avant-Garde

Edited by Sabine Zelger and Patrick Greaney [will be linked once author pages are up]

Translated by Patrick Greaney, with translations from the Slovenian by Ana Jelinkar and Stephen Watts

Literature | $20.00
In Other Words, Translation Series, Vol. 6
ISBN 13: 978-1-934254-71-4
Binding: Softcover, Perfect
Release: Fall 2018

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A collection that re-visions the Austrian avant-garde, translated and published for the first time in English.

After 1945, a vibrant literary avant-garde emerged in Austria that has remained largely unknown outside of the country. Their first publications appeared in a cultural and political environment still largely determined by seven years of Nazism (1938-1945) and four years of Austrofascism (1934-1938). Its writers drew on traditional and experimental methods to hollow out existing literary conventions and propose new ones, using montage, appropriation, satire, irony, and nonsense. Despite many shared intentions, though, the Austrian avant-garde was far from  unified. Some of its writers repeated the authoritarian gestures and practices of the fascist period; others contributed to the creation of feminist and queer counterpublics by creating alternative presses, new kinds of literary events, and political writers’ collectives.

An Austrian Avant-garde offers a critical survey of experimental writing from Austria that captures the tensions inherent in the history of the avant-garde. Starting with texts from the 1950s by the Vienna Group, the anthology offers a survey of the complex, contested landscape of post-1945 Austrian literature, with an emphasis on the work of women writers. The editors’ preface and their introductions to individual texts offer contextualization and commentary that make the anthology accessible to a wide readership.

With texts by:

  • Friedrich Achleitner
  • Ilse Aichinger
  • H.C. Artmann
  • Heimrad Bäcker
  • Konrad Bayer
  • Ann Cotten
  • Carola Dertnig
  • Elfriede Gerstl
  • Elfriede Jelinek
  • Ilse Kilic
  • Margret Kreidl
  • Florjan Lipuš
    Friederike Mayröcker
  • Andreas Okopenko
  • Julian Palacz
  • Katrin Röggla
  • Gerhard Rühm
  • Lisa Spalt
  • Peter Waterhouse
  • Herbert Wimmer

This project is supported by: TK TK

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