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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874–1927) is considered by many to be the first American dadaist as well as the mother of dada. An innovator in poetic form and an early creator of junk sculpture, “the Baroness” was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances. Some thought her merely crazed, others thought her a genius.

The editor Margaret Anderson called her “perhaps the only figure of our generation who deserves the epithet extraordinary.” Yet despite her great notoriety and influence, until recently her story and work have been little known outside the circle of modernist scholars.

Dada Live!

View video clip: Enactment of Elsa's poem "A Dozen Cocktails"
(Download Windows Media Player -- free)

Click here to view a Quicktime version of the same clip

Read Toronto Star article: Peter Goddard interviews Dr. Gammel

Visit Image Gallery: Dada Live Book Launch and Performance


Books on the Baroness


Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Edited by Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo, MIT, 2011.

Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada, and Everyday Modernity
By Irene Gammel, Cambridge: MIT, 2002.

Die Dada Baroness: Das wilde Leben der Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
By Irene Gammel, Berlin: Ebersbach, 2005.

Mein Mund ist lüstern / I Got Lusting Palate: Dada Verse von Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
Edited and Translated by Irene Gammel, Berlin: Ebersbach, 2005.



Related Web Resources

Dada
exhibit featuring Elsa's Limbswish:

George Pompidou in Paris
October 5 2005 - January 9, 2006

National Gallery of Art in Washington
February 19 - May 14, 2006

Museum of Modern Art in New York
June 18 - September 11, 2006



Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
Limbswish Sculpture
Mark Kelman Collection, New York


Essays from The Literary Review
Four Poems by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
"She Strips Naked": The Poetry of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven by Irene Gammel