Aleksandar Bosković and Steven Teref, "Zenithism (1921-1927): A Yugoslav Avant-Garde Anthology" (Academic Studies Press, 2023)


Zenithism (1921-1927): A Yugoslav Avant-Garde Anthology (Academic Studies Press, 2023) is the first-ever English language anthology of zenithism – an eclectic avant-garde movement that operated in the Yugoslav region between 1921 and 1927. The founder of Zenithism – poet Ljubomir Micić – envisioned the movement as a fusion of futurism, dada, constructivism, expressionism, and proto-surrealism, with the movement’s philosophy embodied in the figure of the Balkan Barbarogenius (barbarian-genius). A hallmark of the movement was its embrace of cross-genre writing, from Micić’s ciné-poem Rescue Vehicle and Branko Ve Poljanski’s lyric novel 77 Suicides to MID’s lyric philosophic treatise The Sexual Equilibrium of Money. Reaching the wider international audience for the first time, this anthology sheds light on an untapped chapter in European modernism.

Aleksandar Bošković is Lecturer in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian within the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. He is a scholar of Russian and East European modernism, Yugoslav, post-Yugoslav and Balkan Studies, with a strong background in comparative literature, critical theory, and visual studies. Bošković specializes in avant-garde literature and experimental art practices explored through the lenses of comparative media.

Steven Teref is a translator from Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. He specializes in translating Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian poetry, focusing on writers from the early 20th century through to the present.

Iva Glisic is a historian and art historian specialising in modern Russia and the Balkans.

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Iva Glisic is a historian and art historian specialising in modern Russia and the Balkans.

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