© 2016

Preservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon

  • Editors
  • Rebecca Ferreboeuf
  • Fiona Noble
  • Tara Plunkett

Part of the Avant-Gardes in Performance book series (AGP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Staging The Avant-Gardes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rebecca Ferreboeuf, Fiona Noble, Tara Plunkett
      Pages 3-12
    3. James M. Harding, Mike Sell
      Pages 13-29
  3. Curating The Avant-Gardes

  4. On the Margins of the Avant-Gardes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-69
    2. Kimberly Jannarone
      Pages 87-110
    3. Ricki O’Rawe
      Pages 111-128
  5. Rereading the Avant-Garde

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-131
    2. Patricia Allmer
      Pages 171-187
  6. Categorizing the Avant-Gardes

  7. Closing the Curtain on the Avant-Gardes?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251

About this book


Preservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon interrogates the contemporary significance of the avant-garde. The contributors question the role of academia and exhibition cultures in redefining, reshaping, preserving, and transmitting the products of this historical phenomenon. Such contemporary scholarly and exhibition-based exploration institutionalizes avant-garde productions and, in doing so, threatens the potency of the avant-garde which relies on its marginal position.  This volume brings together case studies to examine what constitutes the avant-garde canon.


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About the authors

Rebecca Ferreboeuf is an honorary research fellow at Durham University, UK. Her research focuses on the French and francophone avant-gardes. She has published on women writers and artists of the avant-gardes; she is also the managing editor of Cahiers Laure, a journal dedicated to French writer, Colette Peignot.

Fiona Noble holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies and Film and Visual Culture from the University of Aberdeen, UK. She has published on depictions of the body in Salvador Dalí, on cinematic representations of children in post-Franco Spain, and on intercultural lesbian relationships in contemporary Spanish cinema.

Tara Plunkett is a Lecturer in Spanish at University College Dublin. Her research focuses on Spanish and Latin American artists' use of the Surrealist aesthetic in works of self-fashioning. In May 2014, she curated the exhibition Out of the Ordinary: Contemporary Visions of the Avant-Garde, which was held at the Naughton Gallery, Queen's University Belfast, Ireland.

Bibliographic information


“Preservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon aims to investigate radical art in order to further critical thinking about the avant-garde. … The editors have fully conceptualized the book and skillfully chosen well-versed scholars across disciplines. The objects of study are appropriate and the prose is readable.” (Carol Martin, Theatre Journal, Vol. 69 (1), March, 2017)