|I have many things to write unto you
but I will not write with pen and ink
--JOHN the theologian
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JOHN HORVATH Jr
1909-1918 (from Deszo Kosztolani, Lajos Kassak, et alia)
NOTE: Literary Activism is not Social or Political Activism but they sometimes borrow each others' clothes! Since I mention it, we'll deal with it before NATURALISM. Activism is essentially “Messianic revolutionary literature” that calls for a new type of human being, the collective individual” who, beyond historical constraint, is a servant of the community. It is partisan literature that
ADVOCATEs the autonomy of art, autonomy of the artist as Avant-garde
Causes political and social (from a dissident point of view) (CODE hero)
Temporal Historicism, ALWAYS the case that The Time for cosmic unity, universal brotherhood of human suffering, is NOW
Individual service to the community is heroic-—HERO stands against oppression.
VITALISM (dynamic style, phrases reduced to single terms – near slogans, visionary details)
Ideological and Image/Imagery laden to suggest the good cause against an evil.
symbolic/Symbolism (in use of symbols and in content-—Bigger Thomas is “Doubting Thomas”
the disciple who must be shown objectively but also “Tom, Dick, and Harry”--A common man
whose self-discipline is challenged by an objective world; he is “Bigger” Because he is surrounded
by the “symbols” of American success-good job, wealth, beauty, intellect—-you know the train and tracks)
M—Marxist Dialectic as authority and as purpose
Avant-garde: the part of the army that marches in front of most of the troops*
WRITERS ON ACTIVISIM AND THE avante garde, NEXT ISSUE.
- When individual rights overwhelmed by social structure, favor the individual;
- When the social collective overwhelmed individual anarchy, favor collective action.
- Thus on-going revolution; the literary activism always in the Avant-garde
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