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The Paper State: Paul van Ostaijen, Expressionism and Constitutional Heterotopia

Sascha Bru

in Democracy, Law and the Modernist Avant-Gardes

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639250
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651931 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639250.003.0003
The Paper State: Paul van Ostaijen, Expressionism and Constitutional Heterotopia

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This chapter focuses on Paul van Ostaijen, who was mostly responsible for the arrival of expressionism in Flanders, Belgium, studying his attempts to bring out a state through literature and the breakthrough of expressionism in Flanders. It then looks at the November Revolution in Berlin, how van Ostaijen's experiences in both cities influenced his political writings, and also examines his Occupied City, which had clear and practical political consequences.

Keywords: expressionism; Paul van Ostaijen; November Revolution; political writings; Occupied City; Flanders; Berlin

Chapter.  21008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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