by David Vichnar
ISBN 978-80-7308-590-2 (paperback) 136pp
Publication date: December 2015
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In reply to art critic Robert Hughes’s famous question, “What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890?” the eight essays collected here ask not only what post-WW2 experimental fiction might lack that the avant-garde of Joyce, Stein & Pound apparently possessed, but rather what has it gained? Rejecting Hughes’s nostalgia for a paradise lost, Subtexts explores a parallel world of daring, interlinked experimentation, at times evoking and at others cannibalising institutional Modernism, in pursuit of unforeseen horizons. Among the major authors whose works are addressed, are Kathy Acker, Christine Brooke-Rose, Mark Danielewski, Steve McCaffery, Iain Sinclair, Philippe Sollers, and representatives of the Oulipo & the Situationist International.
David Vichnar is the author of Joyce Against Theory (2010) and co-editor of Hypermedia Joyce (2010) and Terrain: Essays on the New Poetics (2014). He is also the co-translator of Philippe Sollers’s H (2015) and Melchior Vischer’s Second Through Brain, and lectures in the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague.