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Sami Sjöberg

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I am a researcher, editor and journalist holding a PhD in Comparative Literature who currently works as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki.

My interest in the avant-gardes ranges from individual artists of the late nineteenth century via the historical avant-garde to the neo-avant-gardes of the 1970s, geographically covering Western and East-Central Europe as well as the Nordic countries. The focus of my current research lies in the Jewish avant-gardists of the early twentieth century and their appropriations of the Jewish tradition, politics, and religion. The study concentrates on authors such as Jakob van Hoddis, Yvan Goll, Tristan Tzara and on lesser-known figures such as Paul Hatvani and Gherasim Luca. My recent monograph The Vanguard Messiah: Lettrism between Jewish Mysticism and the Avant-Garde (2015, De Gruyter) addresses the manifestations of messianic and kabbalistic themes in the avant-garde movement lettrism, focusing on the Romanian poet and visual artist Isidore Isou.

I have published widely on Continental avant-garde literature and its relation to Judaism as well as contemporary European art and the poetics of the avant-garde. My academic articles as well as art essays and criticism have been published in English, French, Swedish and Finnish. During the last ten years, I have been teaching at the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere and been a visiting researcher at the Universiteit Antwerpen, KU Leuven (MDRN), Freie Universität Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Université Paris X Nanterre.

My main forthcoming publications include a co-edited volume titled Jewish Aspects in Avant-Garde: Between Rebellion and Revelation (De Gruyter) and the translation of Alfred Jarry's Gestes et opinions du docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien (Savukeidas)into Finnish.


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