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Revisiting Vorticism as a British Avant-Garde Movement

Zhang Helong

Vorticism was not only a radical movement in modern visual art, but also an avant-garde literary torrent in the twentieth century. Such an avant-garde movement was neglected for long, and has received very few Chinese responses. Revisiting Vorticism will be conducive to a better understanding of the burgeoning Anglo-American literary modernism before WWI as well as of the “vortex” years between 1910 and 1914 in England. This paper is intended to have a survey of the social milieu and cultural atmosphere, discuss Vorticism in terms of avant-garde theory and practice, and evaluate its literary influences and limitations.