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Publisher Note

The purpose of the em dash is wide-ranging —as an appropriation of silence, as acting dissonance, as interruption, as occupying space. This anthology zooms into the pointed use of em dashes in the poems of pioneering Dadaist artist, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874 – 1927). Her poems; performances; costumes and life-style all made a point of challenging extremely challenged bourgeois artistic and moral conventions with an unapologetically feminist, proto-punk aesthetic. The reader will find Elsa’s works in conversation with the likes of well-known dashers such as Gertrude Stein, Lawrence Sterne, Heinrich von Kleist or the queen of dashing herself Emily Dickinson.

Artists’ Book

Baroness Elsa's em dashes

by Astrid Seme

Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2019
Artist: Astrid Seme
Printrun 400
ISBN-13: 978-3-9504525-4-9
Subform Book Edition
Topics Bibliography, Book History, Language, Literature, Punctuation, Sociology, Typography
Language English
Format Softcover
Dimensions 10.0 × 14.5 cm
Weight 67 gram
Pages 88