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1. Theories of the avant-garde 2. Revisions of Bürger's theory 3. Re-writing the discursive world: revolution and the expressionist avant-garde 4. Counter-discourses of the avant-garde: Jameson, Bakhtin and the problem of realism 5. Döblin and the avant-garde poetics of expressionist prose 6. Benn: modernity and the double bind of rationality 7. Bakhtin and double voiced discourse: Döblin's 'The Murder of a Buttercup' and the double bind 8. The poetics of hysteria: expressionist drama and the melodramatic imagination 9. Kafka's photograph of the imaginary: dialogical interplay between realism and the fantastic (the metamorphosis) 10. Weimar silent film and expressionism: representational instability and oppositional discourse in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari 11. Framing the interpretation: the frame-narrative and the conflict of discourses 12. Towards a poetic of postmodernism: simulation, the sublime and the expressionist avant-garde 13. Lyotard's postmodern sublime and Habermas's 'enlightenment project of modernity': modernism, mass culture and the avant-garde Bibliography.