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 European Avant-Gardes, 1905-1935 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).
Literature Now: Key Terms and Methods for Literary History, ed. & introd. with Ben de Bruyn & Michel Delville (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol III: Europe 1880-1940, 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, 2013).
The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange, ed. with Benedikt Hjartarson et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2013).
Regarding the Popular. Modernism, the Avant-Garde and High and Low Culture, ed. with Peter Nicholls et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 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. & introd. (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2009).
The Invention of Politics in the European Avant-Garde, 1906-1940, ed. with Gunther Martens & introd. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006).
Articles & Chapters
'Lewis and the European Avant-Gardes', in: Tyrus Miller (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
'The Genealogy-Complex. History Beyond the Avant-Garde Myth of Originality', Filozofski Vestnik, 35.2, 2014 (forthcoming)
'Politics as the Art of the Impossible: The Heteronomy of Italian Futurist Art-Action', in: Ales Erjavec (ed.), Aesthetic Revolutions (Duke University Press, forthcoming)
'Avant-Garde Nows: Presentist Reconfigurations of Public Time,' Modernist Cultures, 8.2., 2013.
'Opera, Allegory, Remembrance: Stravinsky's and Auden's The Rake's Progress', Texas Studies in Language and Literature, 55.1., 2013.
(with Charles Altieri) 'Trakl's Tone. Mood as a Distinctive Speech Act of the Demonstrative', in: Wittgenstein Reading (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2013).
'Modernism Before and After Theory', in: Peter Brooker et al. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (Oxford University Press, 2010)
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