Daniil Kharms: Writing and the Event

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Northwestern University Press, Nov 24, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
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The "texts" of Russian artist and thinker Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) were so many and varied and often unique (narrative, dramatic, philosophical, poetic, mathematical, pictographic, diagrammatic, musical, biographical) that they defied categorization—and, thus, thorough study or appreciation—through much of the twentieth century. This book, the first in English to view Kharms’s oeuvre in its entirety, is also the first to offer a complete, inclusive, and coherent understanding of the overall project of this artist and writer now considered a major figure in the modernist canon of Europe.
 

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Contents

The Writer of Disaster
3
Kharms as Sherlock Holmes
4
Kharms and Alisa Poret
18
Against Metaphor
33
Kharmss calling card
63
Arthur Conan Doyle The Dancing Men
64
Writing Without Difference
69
After that as how
81
Theaters of Terror
155
Event and Performances
199
Suprematism
207
Real Black Square
209
Letter No 3
210
Confluence or Dissolution or Nirvana
211
Lipavsky Approaches This
213
Kharms as Ivan Ivanovich
220

Column ofhieroglyphs
84
Kharmss floor plans
96
The Worlds Egg
99
Real
100
InfinityLetterEvent
102
Kharms and the Lipavskys
103
The Lipavskys Leaving
105
Amenhotep
123
Cisfinitum
137
Architectural Examples of the Small Error
152
The Ballet ofthe Inseparable Trio
229
Modus No 10
234
Circus Shardam
237
Salvation
239
It Happens
245
Notes
255
Works Cited
279
Index
291
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About the author (2009)

Branislav Jakovljevic is an assistant professor in the department of drama at Stanford University. He specializes in modernist theater and the avant-garde, and in his current research he focuses on the relation of the event to performance. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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