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Beginning Modernism : Beginnings - Jeff Wallace

Beginning Modernism


Paperback Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9780719067891
Number Of Pages: 328

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Modernism was the artistic and intellectual revolution of the early twentieth century. Yet despite its now-secure location in history, the radical experimental practices of modernism continue to bewilder as much as they excite.

Beginning Modernism offers a clear and reader-friendly introduction to this complex and invigorating subject. With an emphasis on the close reading of modernist artefacts, from literary texts to buildings, paintings to musical compositions, the book aims to demystify the notorious difficulties of 'high' modernism, showing them to be an incentive rather than an obstacle to understanding and exploration. At the same time, it highlights the emergence of a new modernist studies, emphasizing the eclectic, the popular, and the global or transnational. Readers are encouraged to situate their reading of modernist literature within a wider set of cultural contexts, which include: visual art; ideas of time and space; sculpture; photography; film; politics; technology; sexuality; primitivism; architecture; dance; drama, and music.

Beginning Modernism will be of interest both to the general reader, and to undergraduates and postgraduates in the fields of literary studies, art history and cultural studies.

List of figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Modernist studies past and presentp. 1
Stop and thinkp. 4
Key terms: modernism, modernity, postmodernismp. 14
Selected readingp. 23
Modernism and the visual artsp. 26
Narrating modernist artp. 27
Stop and thinkp. 30
Realism, the 'moment' of Cubism, and abstractionp. 31
Stop and thinkp. 45
Impressionism and Expressionism: uses of autonomy?p. 46
Stop and thinkp. 54
The question of the avant-garde: Futurism, Dada, Surrealismp. 55
Stop and thinkp. 64
Photography: from visual art to visual culturep. 65
Selected readingp. 72
History and the politics of modernismp. 75
The First World Warp. 77
The Bolshevik Revolutionp. 82
Stop and thinkp. 85
Weimar and Bauhausp. 86
Stop and thinkp. 91
Empire and colonialismp. 91
Technologyp. 94
Fordist capitalism and consumer culturep. 98
Sex reform and gender relationsp. 101
The politics of modernismp. 109
Stop and thinkp. 113
Selected readingp. 113
Modernist ideasp. 117
The secularp. 117
Evolution and entropyp. 121
Physics, fields and forcesp. 124
Languagep. 128
Stop and thinkp. 133
Time and spacep. 136
Stop and thinkp. 136
Primitivismp. 141
The human subjectp. 147
Selected readingp. 152
Modernist spacesp. 155
Metropolisp. 156
Architecturep. 164
Stop and thinkp. 168
Sculpturep. 176
Selected readingp. 185
Modernist poetryp. 187
Reading the modernist poemp. 187
Stop and thinkp. 188
Symbolism and musicp. 191
Imagismp. 198
Stop and thinkp. 199
Mina Loy and H.D.p. 203
Rereading Pound and Eliotp. 207
Beyond universalism and Eurocentrismp. 212
Selected readingp. 216
Modernist fictionp. 218
The art of modernist fictionp. 218
Stop and thinkp. 221
The emergence of modernist fictionp. 225
Stream of consciousnessp. 229
Narrative time and spacep. 234
The modernist novel of ironyp. 241
Selected readingp. 247
Performing modernismp. 249
Total artp. 249
Dramap. 254
Stop and thinkp. 256
Filmp. 263
Stop and thinkp. 268
Musicp. 273
Stop and think (and listen)p. 273
Dancep. 281
Selected readingp. 286
Conclusion: continuing modernismp. 289
Stop and thinkp. 290
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780719067891
ISBN-10: 0719067898
Series: Beginnings
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36