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On Some Basic Issues in the Theory of Avant-Garde

Qiao Guoqiang

The ideas of avant-garde, avant-gardeness, modernism, postmodernism and fashion are basic but easy to be confused in the studies of avant-garde theory. Some scholars would regard them as the same things and maintain that these ideas are replaceable. Yet, the author of the present essay will contend that it is not the case. He chooses to discuss these basic ideas and believe that there are certain boundaries and differences among them. He will advance a new understanding of these basic ideas for the study of avant-garde theory.