Isabelle Krzywkowski

Isabelle Krzywkowski is Professor for general and comparative literature at the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA). After a PhD concerning the symbolism of the garden in the literature and the arts at the end of the 19th century, she concentrates her researches on the historic avant-gardes « Le Temps et l’Espace sont morts hier ». Les Années 1910-1920. Poésie et poétique de la première avant-garde, Paris, Éditions L’Improviste, 2006) and on the relations between the literature, the arts and the technologies (Machines à écrire. Littérature et technologies du XIXe au XXIe siècle, Grenoble, ELLUG, 2010), around the more general question of experimental literatures.


Demilitarization of Languages: Sound Poetry in Austria, France, and Sweden

As one of the paradigmatic literary genres of both the historical avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde, sound poetry should not merely be understood in terms of formal experimentation, but also as an intervention into the politics of language: to speak with John Cage, a kind of “demilitarization of language.”[1] Cage, however, understoo