The following is a selective list, scarcely comprehensive, of critical books in English that are at least in part about literature in the avant-garde tradition. Studies of individual figures are not included; they would make another, longer list.
Artaud, Antonin. The Theatre and Its Double ( 1948). New York: Grove, 1958.
Balakian, Anna. The Literary Origins of Surrealism ( 1949). New York: New York University, 1967.
Barthes, Roland. Writing Degree Zero ( 1953). London: Jonathan Cape, 1967.
Bayard, Caroline, and Jack David, eds. Outposts/Avant-postes. Erin, Ontario: Press Porcepic, 1978.
Benamou, Michel, and Charles Caramello, eds. Performance in Post-modern Culture. Madison, Wisc.: Coda, 1977.
Bergonzi, Bernard, ed. Innovations. London: Macmillan, 1968.
Bigsby, C. W. E. Dada and Surrealism. London: Methuen, 1972.
Blackmur, R. P. Form and Value in Modern Poetry. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Anchor, 1957.
Bradbury, Malcolm, and James McFarlane, eds. Modernism. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976.
Brecht, Stefan. Queer Theatre. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1978.
Breton, Andre. What is Surrealism? Edited by Franklin Rosemont. New York: Monad, 1978.
Burke, Kenneth. Counterstatement ( 1931). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968.
Cage, John. Silence. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1961.
—. A Year from Monday. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1967.
—. M. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.