Pogrom and Avant-Garde: Peretz Markish's Di kupe

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Through a close reading of Peretz Markish's +Di kupe= (The Mound), this article suggests that the avant-garde is less a movement directed at a determined future than one that escapes an impossible past. One of the major works of the Yiddish avant-garde poetry, +Di kupe= reflects a materialist vision of history, repudiating thereby an age-old Jewish tradition, its martyrology, and its concept of history. +Di kupe=, I argue, highlights the avant-garde as a subversive gesture that not only repudiates the past but also flouts any order as such. The article traces the ways by which the cubo-futuristic and constructivist aesthetics of the poem reflect Markish's materialist vision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalJewish Social Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Ukrainian literature
  • Yiddish language literature
  • 1900-1999
  • Markish, Peretz (1895-1952)
  • Di ḳupe (1921)
  • poetry
  • pogroms
  • avant-garde


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