Manifesto by Mary Ann Caws
A Century of Isms

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The first anthology of its kind, Manifesto features over two hundred artistic and cultural manifestos from a wide range of countries. The manifesto, a public statement that sets forth the tenets of a forthcoming, existing, or potential movement or "ism"—or that plays on the idea of one—became in various modernisms a crucial and forceful vehicle for artists, writers, and other intellectuals to express their ideas about the direction of aesthetics and society.

Included in this collection are texts ranging from Kurt Schwitters's Cow Manifesto to those written in the name of well-known movements—imagism, cubism, surrealism, symbolism, vorticism, projectivism—and less well-known ones—lettrism, acmeism, concretism, rayonism. Also covered are expressionist, Dada, and futurist movements from French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Latin American perspectives, as well as local movements, such as Brazilian hallucinism.

Influential, startling, unsettling, amusing, and continually engaging, these modernist manifestos give voice to a fascinating array of ideas and opinions that will prove invaluable to scholars and students of nineteenth and twentieth-century art, literature, and culture.


About Mary Ann Caws

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Mary Ann Caws is a renowned critic of the Bloomsbury circle, modernism, and surrealism. She is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Henri Peyre French Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY.Preface by Nigel Nicolson is the son of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. He recently published a biography of Virginia Woolf in the Penguin Lives series and is the author of the acclaimedPortrait of a Marriage.
Published December 1, 2000 by University of Nebraska Press. 713 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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Twenty-five years before Manifesto, she published a foreshadowing article titled "Notes on a Manifesto Style: 1924 Fifty Years Later."

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Caws notes that she has chosen statements by artists, preferring "the manifesto or statement of the believer to the explanatory talk of the...

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