The Theory of the Avant-garde  

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Teoria dell'arte d'avanguardia (1962, English translation, 1971 as The Theory of the Avant-Garde) is a book on the concept of avant-garde by Italian scholar Renato Poggioli. It surveys the historical, social, psychological and philosophical aspects of vanguardism and reaches beyond individual instances of art, poetry and music to show that vanguardists may be seen as sharing certain ideals or values which are manifested in the non-conformist lifestyles they adopted, vanguard culture being shown to be a variety or subcategory of Bohemianism.

From the publisher:

"Convinced that all aspects of modern culture have been affected by avant-garde art, Poggioli explores the relationship between the avant-garde and civilization. Historical parallels and modern examples from all the arts are used to show how the avant-garde is both symptom and cause of many major extra-aesthetic trends of our time, and that the contemporary avant-garde is the sole and authentic one."

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