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The Ethnic Avant-GardeMinority Cultures and World Revolution$
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Steven Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173520

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173520.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Ethnic Avant-Garde

Steven S. Lee

Columbia University Press

The Introduction uses Vladimir Tatlin's Monument to the Third International (aka Tatlin's Tower) to rethink both ethnicity and the avant-garde. To assist with this effort, I also provide overviews of Russian modernism's long-standing interest in non-Western cultures, Claude McKay and Walter Benjamin's unexpected impressions of Moscow, and Nikolai Marr's dream of a restored, socialist Tower of Babel.

Keywords:   Tatlin's Tower, Surrealism, theories of the avant-garde, dialectical image, Soviet nationalities policy, American ethnicity paradigm

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