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date: 28 May 2020

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This chapter offers an analysis of the process in which Hungarian poetry “takes back” (recuperates) the vocal and sonic dimensions of language in the second half of the twentieth century. Together with its actional parallels and consequences, this progress implicates a powerful functionalization of the performativity in poetry, which, for various reasons, was neglected in historical avant-garde poetry in Hungary. New avant-garde and experimental waves in art and influences of radical pop music were much more productive in this sense from the 1960s on, and several inspirations of Western cultural trends helped to form a particular underground scene, mainly in the 1980s. Contextualizing these phenomena, the author makes a comparative study of the main tendencies of the given period on such a field in Euro-American sound poetry experimentations (Futurism, Dada, Fluxus), while highlighting some outstanding works of Hungarian poets and groups, such as Tibor Papp, Katalin Ladik, and Konnektor.

Keywords: Hungarian poetry, Tibor Papp, Katalin Ladik, Konnektor, avant-garde poetry, sound poetry, performativity, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus

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