Texts by and about the Romanticist, Parnassian, Decadent, and other avant-gardes of the 19th Century (and bits of the early 20th). Still in its early stages, the Revenants series will include both traditional and experimental translations and transductions of early avant-garde texts otherwise unavailable in English; histories and commentaries by researchers and historiographers working within marginal or oppositional communities; and albums and anthologies of visual work.
Rêvenance: A Zine of Hauntings from Underground Histories. Issue 1.
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Rêvenance is the flagship journal of the Revenant Editions series, dedicated to the forgotten or untold histories of 19th Century avant-garde and other countercultures. It includes essays, translations, and many experimental forms of historical writing and research that connect those traditions to continuing radical communities today.
The first issue features translations (by Olchar Lindsann and Raymond E. Andre III) of work by Alphonse Allais, Gérard de Nerval, Maurice Rollinat, Alphonse Karr & Georges d’Heylli; poetic re-workings of Charles Nodier & Michel Roly by John M. Bennett; poems in Volapük by Francis Vielé-Griffin and Michael Helsem; essays by Gleb Kolomiets and Olchar Lindsann; visual texts by Edward Kulemin; and a conversation by Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett & Peter Ciccariello about Rea Nikonova, Malevich, and the Incoherents group of the 1880s.
32 pgs on folded 8.5”x14”. Sept., A.Da. 100 (2016).
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Pif Paf Patapan! A Sampler of Phonetic Poetry From the 19th Century
–by Paul Verlaine, Théophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, & Francis Vielé-Griffin; ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Though Phonetic Poetry as a designated, focused practice was developed in the early years of the 20th Century, experiments with phonetics and non-semantic sound have been explored in the avant-garde since at least 1830. These are the poets who were read by the Futurists, Dadas, and Zoumists, and whose experiments (and others’?) they consolidated into a new form.
8 pgs on folded 8.5” x 11”. Sept., A.Da. 100 (2016).
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NOTE: Verlaine poem is flawed in the online version of the PDF, due to some obscure coding flaw that changes PDFs when displayed online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free uncorrupted version of the file. Sorry!
The Garrick Remedy
—by Joseph Bouchardy; trans. Talia Felix.
Though virtually forgotten today, Joseph Bouchardy (1810-1870) was a co-founder of the Bouzingo group, the first self-declared “avant-garde” collective, blending political radicalism, gothic-horror subculture, experimental literature and art, and the transformation of everyday life.
Trained as an engraver, he soon turned to playwriting, and produced many popular melodramas full of deception, disguise, double-crossing, violence, and convoluted, labyrinthine plots often taking place in labyrinthine settings.
This drole tale, written in 1835 on the cusp of Bouchardy’s switch from engraving to drama, is his first work ever translated into English. In it, Lady Anna has fallen in love at a performance of Romeo and Juliet—but does she love the famous Romantic actor Garrick, or the character of Romeo, or the play itself? In any case, her father has offered £20,000 to anyone who can cure her infatuation.
Bouchardy swings the reader deviously back and forth between wistful sentiment and disillusioned irony. He also sheds some light on Romanticist attitudes toward theatre, history, truth, fiction, and the blending of life and art.
36 pgs. on folded 8.5″x11″. 1835-36 / Sept., A.Da. 99. (2015 Anti-Vulgar)
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Avant the Avant-Garde: Childhood and Family in the Culture of the Avant-Garde
—compiled by Olchar E. Lindsann.
Lycanthropy: Some Shreds Torn from Rapsodies
—by Petrus Borel
—–Trans. Joseph Carter, Olchar E. Lindsann, Raymond E. Andre III, & W.J. Robertson.
Petrus Borel (1809-1859) played a seminal role in the founding of the avant-garde as a writer, theorist, organiser and public provocateur. Though acknowledged as a major influence by Baudelaire, Lautréamont, Tzara, and Breton, his work is scarcely known even French, and only a scattering of poems have ever been translated into English. The first in a series of chapbooks and portfolios collecting the work of the avant-garde Jeunes-France or Bouzingo group (c.1830-34), this anthology includes five poems from Borel’s 1832 collection Rapsodies, with parallel French texts, translators notes, and footnotes unfolding Borel’s many references to the Romanticist avant-garde community and its ideological and historical contexts; Borel’s Preface to the book, arguably the most influential manifesto of avant-garde Romanticism, heavily annotated; a critical short biography of Borel by Olchar Lindsann; and a selected bibliography of works by or about Borel in English.
36 pgs. on folded 8.5″x11″. Jan., 1832 / Aug., A.Da. 98. (2014 Anti-Vulgar)
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—by Megan Blafas
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Discursive Catalog to a Micro-Archive of 19th Century Counter-Culture and Avant-Garde Romanticism
—by Olchar E. Lindsann
Catalogue of the micro-archive of 19th Century counter-culture compiled by Lindsann. Contains descriptions and paragraph-long essays on each item in the archive as of Feb., 2012. (updated versions will be released periodically).
—by Olchar E. Lindsann
A brief, hyperbolical, absurd rhapsody in collage based very loosely upon the mythic life of the Romanticist musician, Franz Lizst.
The Prelude: Book 1
—by William Wordsworth
——translated into Even-More-Boring-and-Trite by Fast Sedan Nellson
From the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Translators’, this is the first volume in Nellson’s copiously annotated translation of Wordsworth’s 230-page biographical poem into an obscure dialect of English, ‘Even-More-Boring-and-Trite’. (Wordsworth’s original poem is in a related dialect, ‘Boring-and-Trite’.) To be issued over several years as a set of 14 volumes, followed by a deluxe perfect-bound edition with parallel translation and extensive introduction and commentary, tentatively scheduled for 2011.
The Ecstatic Nerve: Speculations on Some Dubious Subjects
—by Olchar E. Lindsann
From one perspective, a programme for a radicalized practice of Thought; from another perspective, a fractured history of certain 19th and 20th Century avant-gardes; from yet another perspective, an experiment in utopian historiography. Or possibly a meticulously researched speculative novel. The most comprehensive presentation to date of Lindsann’s over-arching (theoretical/political/metaphysical) project, and his conceptualization of the potential of radically engaged avant-gardes thinking and acting on a multigenerational scale.
344 pgs, perfect bound 8.5”x11”. A.Da. 91. (2007 Anti-Vulgar)
$20 + s/h. Unfortunately this must be purchased separately from the PayPal shopping cart (apologies for the inconvenience & shipping cost).
The Liberté readers were prepared specially for use in the multidisciplinary course Liberté: France’s Impact on the Nineteenth Century, led by Olchar Lindsann & Brian Counihan at Community High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Comprised entirely of texts available in the public domain, the readers are intended to present an introduction to the dramatic and hotly-contested progress of French society as it entered, and helped to create, the modern age, bringing together together artifacts and texts from the domains of politics, literature, history, philosophy, and art that attempt to indicate not only the dominant trends in French society, but also those underground counter-currents which have always existed within and against it.
While intending a fully-rounded evocation of French history, politics, economics and social thought during the century, their most important role from the perspective of the mOnocle-Lash Community is their integration of a history of the French avant-garde from the first use of the term in 1827 through the Symbolists, and particularly extensive research and translations appearing here for the first time. Read from this perspective, the series presents, albeit only impressionistically, the first comprehensive treatment in English of the development of the avant-garde between 1827–1900.
The Liberté books must be purchased through the Lulu website; sorry for the inconvenience.
Liberté, Vol. I: 1787-1825.
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann & Brian Counihan.
Vol. I surveys the French Revolution and covers up to the eve of the ‘July Revolution,’ charting the proliferation of republican, democratic, and socialist ideas through the upheavals of the Napoleonic Wars and establishment of the Bourbon monarchy, and the European literary and artistic developments which began to affect the dissident fringes of French society.
Includes passages from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Madame de Staël, Charles Fourier, Claude-Henri Saint-Simon, Jean-Pierre Béranger, Stendhal, René de Chateaubriand, Friedrich Engels, Victor Hugo, Lord Byron, Napoleon Bonaparte, the French National Assembly, Johann von Goëthe, Théophile Gautier, King Louis XVIII, Karl Marx, and Alexis de Tocqueville.
Liberté, Vol. II: 1827-1847
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Vol. II begins with the July Revolution and traces the twin development of Capitalist hegemony on the one hand, and culturally and politically dissident subcultures on the other hand, bringing us to the eve of the 1848 Revolution. This volume incorporates a great deal of original research, presenting a vertible alternate history of French culture from 1830-45. It offers the most diverse array of texts available in English from the Romanticist avant-garde, particularly the Bouzingo or Jeunes-France group, including many poems and statements published here for the first time in English–more than 250 pages of French Romanticist poetry, fiction, manifestos, and memoirs, embedded within their broader historical context.
Includes passages from Théophile Gautier, Petrus Borel, Aloysius Bertrand, Victor Hugo, Philothée O’Neddy, Auguste Barbier, Gérard de Nerval, Honoré de Balzac, Elisa Mercoeur, Joseph Bouchardy, Eugène Sue, Marceline Debordes-Valmore, Louis Boulanger, Alfred de Musset, Alphonse Brot, Antoni Deschamps, George Sand, Auguste Macquet, Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Alphonse Lamartine, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Charles Fourier, Friedrich Engels, King Louis XVIII, François Guizot, Jean-Pierre Béranger, Prosper Lissagaray, Charles Baudelaire, Karl Marx, Nicolas Boileau, Arthur Symmons, Arthur James Booth, Caroline H. Dall, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Robert Sherard, and Stendhal.
Liberté, Vol. III: 1845-1870
-ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Vol. III begins with the Revolution of 1848 and short-lived Second Republic, the coup-d’etat of Napoleon III, and traces the industrial development of his totalitarian and colonialist Third Empire. It was a period of great confusion and dire odds among dissenting communities, and this volume traces both the rise of Socialist workers’ movements up to the brink of the Paris Commune, and the little-understood development of the mid-19th Century avant-garde into opposing Bohemian and hermetic models; we examine avant-garde groups such as the Bohême Doyenné, the Evadamistes, the Parnasse Contemporaine, and the Hydropathes, the foundation of Realism, and the beginnings of the idea of Decadence.
Includes passages from Théophile de Banville, Karl Marx, Charles Baudelaire, Catulle Mendés, Louis Blanc, Paul Verlaine, Friedrich Engels, Théophile Gautier, Jules Champfleury, Henry Murger, Gustave Courbet, François Copée, Arsène Alexander, Arthur Rimbaud, Leconte de Lisle, Orlo Williams, Edward Hamley, Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, George Sand, Alphonse de Lamartine, Louis Bonaparte, Robert Sherard, Gustave Le Bon, William J. Robertson, Maximilian I, Barthelémy Saint-Hillaire, Sara York Stevenson, Robert Hunt, Louis Horticq, Percy F. Martin, Victor Hugo, Philothée O’Neddy, Joris-Karl Huysmans, James Clerk Maxwell, Prosper Lissagaray, and Alphonse Brot.
Liberté, Vol. IV: 1865-1905
-ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Vol. IV begins with the collapse of the Third Empire and the crushing of the Paris Commune, through the tribulations of the Third Republic, the Dreyfus Affair, the first rumblings of Fascism, and the development of commercial culture. We see the ascendency of Liberal Positivism, the agitation of conservative forces by General Boulanger, and countercultural responses in the form of Anarchism, Communism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Decadence, and Symbolism, pointing into the 20th Century.
Includes passages from Marie Curie, Remy de Gourmont, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Pietr Kropotkin, Stéphane Mallarmé, Judith Gautier, Octave Mirbeau, Emile Zola, Prosper Lissagaray, Ephraïm Mikhaël, Paul Déroulède, Guy de Maupassant, Jean Richepin, Jules Verne, Èmile Hennequin, Maurice Rollinat, Adolphe Thiers, Théophile Gautier, Karl Marx, Napoleon III, Max Nordau, Joseph Proudhon, Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, William Eichoff, Earnest A. Visitelly, Frances Willard, William John Robertson, Lonsdon Hale, Robert Sherard, and L.S. Bevington.
(Also available from TLP tab)
Tacky Little Pamphlets, 8-pg, 5.5″ x 4.25″ booklets, made from a single sheet of double-folded & stapled sheet, uncut in proper 19th Century style so that you can have the pleasure of slitting it open yourself. Ask for any combination of four for $1.00.
‘The Fairest Death’ & ‘Fanaticism’, by Philothée O’Neddy. trans. by Olchar Lindsann & John Payne. Two poems by one of the co-founders of the seminal Bouzingo group (c. 1830-1834): very early avant-garde poetry on themes of revolution, regicide, suicide and friendship. With a brief biographical notice.
Forgotten Avant-Gardist TLPs
#1-2: Baptism: Marrage, by The Mapah Ganneau; trans. Olchar Lindsann, w/text by Gustave Karr.
After Romanticist sculptor and phrenologist Simon Ganneau was visited by the spirit of his recently deceased wife, he founded the Evadamiste movement, a hybrid of occultism, gnosticism, feminism, and utopian socialism. Though small, the movement lasted for twenty years and at one time counted many influential activists and occultists among its adherents, including Eliphas Levi, Flora Tristan, Alphonse Esquiros, and Alexandre Dumas. No text of the movement has ever been translated before. This eight-page pamphlet, first published in 1838, proclaims the coming new age, heralded by the androgenous male-female deity Evadam. Supplemented with a contemporary description of the Mapah by the avant-garde satirist Gustave Karr and a portrait by his acolyte Traviès.
Double-sized TLP, 8 pgs.
BOUZINGO ANTI-TRANSLATIONS, #1 – 6
—from the Kohoutenberg Institute for Research and Application
Homophonic, google-skewed, and alinear anti-translations from our colleagues in Kohoutenberg. Retorico Unentesi, Feito Zahlt, Augen Konne, and Poss Facrienci show us what the Bouzingo might be writing if they’d come to age in the early 21st rather than early 19th Century avant-garde. There will eventually be scores of these handy little volumes, which can serve among other things as quasi-previews of the more straightforward translations yet to come from the Bouzingo project. The first volumes to appear are:
#1: Three Poems by Petrus Borel: Insulation; Dreaming; Song Li.trans. by Retorico Unentesi.
#2: Five Poems by Aloysius Bertrand: A Victor Hugo; To Mr. Charles Nodier; A David, Stationary; Departure For the Sabbath; Another Spring. trans. by Feito Zahlt.
#3: Three Poems by Petrus Borel: In Case of Fire on the Market; Sadness; Sacred Gasoline Humongous as Parthenon. trans. by Augen Konne.
#4: Four Poems by Alysius Bertrand: The Alchemist; Jean of Tilles; The Scholar of Leyden; The Round in the Chamber. trans. by Feito Zahlt.
#5:Five Poems by Alysius Bertrand: Salamander; The Tour of Nestles; The Volatility Gambler; Bibliophile; Moonlight. trans. by Feito Zahlt.
#6: Two Poems by Philothée O’Neddy: Necropolis; Same Trouble. trans. by Poss Facrienci.
Dada n’est rien
—ed. Wilheim Katastrof
A French language mini-[Anti-]primer on Dada, with work by Hausmann, Ball, Hennings, Picabia, Tzara, Duchamp, plus a quiz and other embellishments by Katastrof.
from [Pro]-[Anti] Press.