Sascha Bru teaches literary theory at KU Leuven, where he also runs the Graduate Program in Literary Studies. Bru has a broad interest in 19th- and 20th-century literature and (media) aesthetics, and has published widely on the poetics and politics of avant-garde and modernist writing. In recent years he has come to contemplate the relationship between the avant-garde and modernism on one hand and time and temporality on the other, in an attempt to explore alternative models for literary historiography derived from modernist and avant-garde experiments with time. With time on his hands Bru tries to spot the creatures that are his children.
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol III: Europe 1890-1940, ed. & introd. with Peter Brooker, Andrew Thacker & Christian Weikop (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Wittgenstein Reading, ed. & introd. with Wolfgang Huemer & Daniel Steuer (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, forthcoming 2013).
The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange, ed. with Benedikt Hjartarson et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, forthcoming 2013).
Futurism: A Microhistory, ed. & introd. with Luca Somigli & Bart van den Bossche (Oxford: Maney/Legenda, forthcoming 2013).
Regarding the Popular. Modernism, the Avant-Garde and High and Low Culture, ed. with Peter Nicholls et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, contracted for Fall 2011).
Democracy, Law and the Modernist Avant-Gardes: Writing in the State of Exception (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).
Europa! Europa? The Avant-Garde, Modernism and the Fate of a Continent, ed. with Peter Nicholls et al. and introduced (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2009).
The Invention of Politics in the European Avant-Garde, 1906-1940, ed. with Gunther Martens & introd. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006).
"Bloody Crossroards". The Politics of the Historical Avant-Garde Revisited, ed. and introd. with Bart Keunen (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2006).
Historical Avant-Garde: Poetics and Politics, ed. with Phil Codde & introd. (Leuven: Peeters, 2005).
Articles & Chapters
'Politics as the Art of the Impossible: The Heteronomy of Italian Futurist Art-Action', in: Ales Erjavec (ed.), Aesthetic Revolutions (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2013)
'Opera, Allegory, Remembrance: Stravinsky's and Auden's The Rake's Progress', Texas Studies in Language and Literature, 55.1 (fortcoming 2013)
'Politics', A Companion to Modernist Poetry, ed. David Chinitz & Gail McDonald (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013)
'Futurism and the Politics of the Ugly: Theory, History and Actuality', The History of Futurism. Precursors, Protagonists, Legacies, ed. Buelens G., Hendrix H., Jansen M. (Lexington Books, 2012), 319-336.
'Making it Familiar. Old Rhetorical Modes in Contemporary Avant-Gardes', Formes Poétiques Contemporaines, 8.7., 2010
'Modernism Before and After Theory', in: Peter Brooker et al. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (Oxford University Press, 2010)
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