The “Mama of Dada”: Emmy Hennings and the Gender of Poetic Rebellion
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When I first began research for my final project in an avant-garde theatre seminar, I thought I’d take advantage of the open ended-ness of the assignment and simply ape the Dada style by presenting a piece of bizarre, amusing performance art. But as I read more about the central movers behind the crazy sound poems and robotic costumes of these early 20th century artists, I was drawn again and again to the relationship between artistic power and rebellion, and how the categories of insider/outsider related to and defined that tension. An analytical paper focusing on Dada gender dynamics as manifested in the work of Emmy Hennings blossomed pretty organically after that, resulting in more interesting work, I hope, than my flailing about speaking German would have been