Strange Interferences : Modernism and Conservativism vs. Avant-Garde, Hungary, 1910’s

Kálmán C., György (2012) Strange Interferences : Modernism and Conservativism vs. Avant-Garde, Hungary, 1910’s. HUNGARIAN STUDIES, 26 (1). pp. 107-122. ISSN 0236-6568


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It is a highly peculiar phenomenon in Hungarian – and perhaps in East and Central European – literature of the early 20th century that Avant-Garde tendencies started to gain some (weak) position parallel with the first wave of Modernism, and when they received – understandably – a rather hostile reaction on the part of Conservative (nationalistic, traditional, anti-Western) literary circles, their reception on the part of the evolving Modernist literature was not much more friendly either. Strangely enough, besides some signals of solidarity and sympathy, the criticisms of Modernism turned against Avant-Garde were in harmony with those formulated by the Conservative circles. However, as the Latin saying goes, “duo cum faciunt idem, non est idem” (that is, when two do the same thing, it is not the same thing) – despite the apparent interference of Modernist and Conservative criticism aimed against Avant-Garde tendencies, the position of the actors in question was radically different. In what follows, I give a short account of the Avant-Gardists’ debate with their Modernist contemporaries and an even shorter account of their debate with Conservative adversaries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: avant-garde, modernism, futurism, conservatism, Hungary, Hungarian literature, Lajos Kassák, Mihály Babits
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PN Literature (General) / irodalom általában
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 07:18
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 07:19

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