The introduction puts forth the following three propositions: aesthetic avant-gardes represent the extreme and politicized part of the twentieth-century avant-garde movements; aesthetic avant-gardes effect aesthetic revolutions; postsocialist avant-gardes form the third-generation avant-garde movements. The first proposition is introduced to distinguish between avant-gardes that strive to transform the world (aesthetic avant-gardes) and those that offer new artistic representations (artistic avant-gardes). The second designates transformations that substantially affect and transform our ways of experiencing and sensing the world. The third names and focuses on avant-garde movements that arise in the former socialist countries at the time of their passage from socialism into postsocialism. These descriptions are followed by brief presentations of the individual chapters of the book.
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Aesthetic Revolutions and Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Movements
Aleš Erjavec is Research Professor in the Institute of Philosophy of the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is the author of Postmodernism, Postsocialism and Beyond, and the editor of Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition: Politicized Art under Late Socialism.