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Dada 1916 in TheoryPractices of Critical Resistance$
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Dafydd Jones

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380208

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380208.001.0001

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‘L’amiral cherche une maison à louer’: The Counterpoint and Counterpolitics of Language

‘L’amiral cherche une maison à louer’: The Counterpoint and Counterpolitics of Language

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(p.152) 6 ‘L’amiral cherche une maison à louer’: The Counterpoint and Counterpolitics of Language
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Dada 1916 in Theory
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Dafydd W. Jones

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380208.003.0007

The collision of the poetic-textual experiments of 1916 and the deliberate use of chance in the creation of new works produced one of the earliest of the Zurich Dada innovations to be formally named: the simultaneous poem. The scoring and performance of the poem ‘L’amiral cherche une maison à louer’ is accorded centrality in this chapter, which goes beyond tired accounts of linguistic seizure to propose series of linguistic contestation ranging minorisation and multilingualism. The chapter draws also on the interests of James Joyce (who was in Zurich busily drafting Ulysses in 1916) in accounting for this literary intervention that occupies a unique place in Dada history.

Keywords:   simultaneous poetry, multilingualism, cultural identity, minor literature, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, folding, other/otherness

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