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Trnavsko-hlohovské súvislosti a prejavy literárnej avantgardy
Trnava-Hlohovec Contexts and Expressions of the Literary Avant-garde

Author(s): Marián Kamenčík
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Cultural history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Masarykova univerzita nakladatelství
Keywords: Avant-Garde; surrealism; Catholic modern; Trnava; Hlohovec;
Summary/Abstract: An important art initiative connected to modern European trends as well as to domestic inspirational sources is, in the interwar and war era in Slovakia, represented by the surrealistic avant-garde movement. Using the example of naturalisation of surrealism in such a rich cultural town as Trnava is, but also in another small provincial space, which is represented by the town of Hlohovec, we document that the viability of literary avant-garde was enabled not only by the artistic and Bohemian environment of Bratislava, but also by a large number of students, promising poets and abecedarians who focused their activities around important personalities from different places in Slovakia. The surrealistic traces in Trnava and Hlohovec also played an important role in the development of the literary avant-garde in Slovakia. This article maps the contribution of both cultural regions to the forming of avant-garde (mostly the surrealistic one) literary life. First and foremost in the spotlight will be the important organisers of avant-garde literary activities, such as Rudolf Dilong or Mikuláš Bakoš and others, around whom the literary active youth was concentrated who produced students’ magazines or debut books of poetry.