This book explores the manifold relationships between neo-avant-garde literatures in Dutch and in German. In the areas represented in the study (Flanders, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria), there is a surge of literary experiments with similar preoccupations after the Second World War. Experimental authors from these countries explore similar stylistic, narrative, and intermedial techniques. We can think of montage in fiction, visual procedures in poetry, and jazz-like improvisation in poetry and prose. Authors also engage with similar ideological positions, such as radical leftist thought. This book offers an in-depth view of the Dutch and German literary neo-avant-garde, by thorough discussions of a selection of Dutch-speaking and German-speaking neo-avant-gardists. It also sheds new light on the oeuvres of the selected corpus by confronting each Dutch-speaking writer with a German-speaking writer. Each chapter ‘confronts’ two authors, discussing revealing and meaningful similarities as well as differences. In this transnational spirit, Confrontational Readings presents accessible introductions to each writer presented, and will be valuable to the general reader as well as to German and Dutch specialists.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherModern Humanities Research Association
Number of pages237
ISBN (Electronic)9781781884072
ISBN (Print)9781781884010
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 May 2020

Publication series

NameGermanic Literatures
PublisherLegenda MHRA

    Research areas

  • Literary Studies

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