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The End of the American Avant Garde
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"By 1966, the composer Virgil Thomson would write, "Truth is, there is no avant-garde today." How did the avant garde dissolve, and why? In this thought-provoking work, Stuart D. Hobbs traces the avant garde from its origins to its eventual appropriation by a conservative political agenda, consumer culture, and the institutional world of art.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part I. Toward the Last American Vanguard 1930-1955
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: The Avant Garde and the Culture of the Future
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. Chapter 2. The Communist Party, Modernism, and the Avant Garde
  2. pp. 19-37
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  1. Part II. The American Avant Garde 1945-1960
  2. pp. 39-39
  1. Chapter 3. Alienation
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. Chapter 4. Innovation
  2. pp. 59-91
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  1. Chapter 5, The Future
  2. pp. 93-111
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  1. Part III. The End of the Avant Garde 1950-1965
  2. pp. 113-113
  1. Chapter 6. The Cold War, Cultural Radicalism, and the Defense of Capitalism
  2. pp. 115-123
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  1. Chapter 7. Institutional Enthrallment
  2. pp. 125-138
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  1. Chapter 8. Consumer Culture Commodification
  2. pp. 139-168
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  1. Part IV. The End of the Avant Garde 1965-1995
  2. pp. 169-169
  1. Chapter 9. The Convention of Innovation and the End of the Future
  2. pp. 171-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-213
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  1. Bibliographical Essay
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-230
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