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American Culture Between the Wars : Revisionary Modernism and Postmodern Critique - Walter Kalaidjian

American Culture Between the Wars

Revisionary Modernism and Postmodern Critique

Paperback Published: 27th January 1994
ISBN: 9780231082792
Number Of Pages: 316
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This study examines the feminist, African-American and populist avant-garde that flourished in the era of American modernism. Arguing that American modernism runs much deeper than the seminal contributions of Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, Kalaidjian revisits the "historical avant-garde" showcased in magazines of the period. This revisionary study discusses public art in the Depression era, proletarian subculture, and the social poetics of Kenneth Fearing, Muriel Rukeyser and Langston Hughes. Kalaidjian establishes a continuity between interwar modernist movements and the contemporary work of Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Sue Coe, Hans Haacke and others.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Vision Thingp. 1
The Twilight of High Modernismp. 1
The Historical Avant-Gardep. 5
Revolution and Social Modernizationp. 8
Political Critique in Postmodern Culturep. 14
Revisionary Modernismp. 19
Transnational Americap. 19
The Constructivist Momentp. 28
Articulating the Massesp. 35
Communal Forms and the JRCp. 47
War of Position and the Old Leftp. 59
Subculture in The Depression Erap. 59
Harlem Partisansp. 66
Artists in Uniformp. 105
The Guerrilla Aesthetics of Diego Riverap. 109
Fordism and Americanismp. 122
Left Androcentrism and the Male Dynamop. 138
The Feminist Vanguard in the Popular Frontp. 160
Muriel Rukeyser and the Poetics of Specific Critiquep. 160
Rereading "The Book of the Dead"p. 165
The Visual Culture of the New Dealp. 175
Transpersonal Poeticsp. 188
L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Writing and the Historical Avant-Gardesp. 188
Kenneth Fearing's Textual Recodingsp. 199
The New Times of Postmodernityp. 211
From Spectacle to Simulationp. 211
The Regime of Signs: Matt Mullicanp. 222
Tactics of Intervention: Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Nancy Sperop. 225
Soliciting Censorship: Hans Haackep. 244
Epilogue: Acting Upp. 252
Notesp. 265
Picture Creditsp. 305
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780231082792
ISBN-10: 0231082797
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 27th January 1994
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49