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The Czech Avant-Garde Literary Movement Between the World Wars

edited by Ondrej Sládek and Michael Heim

Thomas G. Winner

Edited By Ondrej Sládek and Michael Heim

The Czech Avant-Garde Literary Movement Between the Two World Wars tells the little-known story of the renaissance of Czech literary arts in the period between the two world wars. The avant-garde writers during this period broke down the barrier between the elite literary language and the vernacular and turned to spoken language, substandard forms, everyday sources such as newspapers and detective stories, and forms of popular entertainment such as the circus and the cabaret. In his analyses of the writings of this period, Thomas G. Winner illuminates the aesthetic and linguistic characteristics of these works and shows how poetry and linguistics can be combined. The Czech Avant-Garde Literary Movement Between the Two World Wars is essential reading for courses on modern Czech literature, comparative literature, and Slavic literature.
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Winner, Thomas Gustav, 1917–2004. The Czech avant-garde literary movement between the world wars / Thomas G. Winner; edited by Ondřej Sládek and Michael Heim. pages cm Includes bibliographical references. 1. Czech literature—20th century—History and criticism. 2. Literature, Experimental—Czech Republic—History and criticism. 3. Avant-garde (Aesthetics)—Czech Republic. I. Sládek, Ondřej. II. Heim, Michael Henry. III. Title. PG5007.2.E85W56    891.8’609005—dc23    2014019360 ISBN 978-1-4331-2627-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1397-0 (e-book)

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