PJAS 15 Spring-4

Tadeusz Pióro
“Where Children Play Among the Ruins of the Language”: A Nest of Ninnies and the Literary Legacies of New York Dada
Polish Journal for American Studies, vol. 15 (Spring 2021), pp. 57-67

Abstract: Narration and dialogues in A Nest of Ninnies rely largely on linguistic equivalents of what are known as “found objects,” or “ready mades,” in the visual arts. This endows Ashbery’s and Schuyler’s novel with a sense of humor much like the one developed by the New York Dadaists in the years 1916-1920. Because of the high incidence of camp humor in the novel, affinities between it, as well as the camp aesthetic more generally, and the New York version of Dada, may be seen. Yet the principal claim of the article is that this novel is part of the literary legacy of New York Dada, a movement significantly different from the original Dada of Zurich.

Keywords: Dadaism, New York Dada, ready mades, found objects, Marcel Duchamp, John Ashbery, James Schuyler, Ronald Firbank, camp

DOI: 10.7311/PJAS.15/1/2021.04

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