Five Theses on the History of the Manifesto

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Date/Time: 04/05/2006 12:00 am

The Media and Cultural Studies Concentration of
Eugene Lang College presents:
Five Theses on the History of the Manifesto
Martin Puchner
12 noon to 2PM Thursday 4th May 2006 room 510 66 w12th st (at 6th ave)
Based on my historical study of the manifesto, Poetry of the Revolution,
I will present five theses on the concept of the avant-garde and the
genre of the manifesto. In particular, I will comment on the relation
between political and artistic manifestos; the difference between the
manifesto and theory; various modes of circulation and publication; and
different forms and genres of manifesto writing. The five theses draw
conclusions from the history of the avant-garde for the purpose of
locating the present.
Martin Puchner is Associate Professor of English and comparative
literature at Columbia University and author of Poetry of the
Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes (Princeton UP, 2006).
He is also co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Drama, among other