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Return of the Baroque : Art, Theory and Culture in the Modern Age - Gregg Lambert

Return of the Baroque

Art, Theory and Culture in the Modern Age

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Published: 1st December 2004
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The Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture explores the re-invention of the early European Baroque within the philosophical, cultural, and literary thought of postmodernism in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Gregg Lambert argues that the "return of the Baroque" expresses a principle often hidden behind the cultural logic of postmodernism in its various national and cultural incarnations, a principal often in variance with Anglo-American modernism. Writers and theorists examined include Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Octavio Paz, and Cuban novelists Alejo Carpentier and Severo Sarduy.

A highly original and compelling reinterpretation of modernity, The Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture answers Raymond Williams' charge to create alternative national and international accounts of aesthetic and cultural history in order to challenge the centrality of Anglo-American modernism.

'...in Return of the Baroque, Lambert recuperates associations between the baroque, multiple modernities and an awareness of representation as artifice.'--Sanford Lakoff '...compelling and exciting material...finely sensitive...fodder for conceptual, affective and perceptual thought...it remains to be seen, and so as yet to be written, whether others will step over Lambert's inspiring footsteps to deepen and to amplify his learned and spirited wide-ranging analysesfor a truer understanding of the movement, the genre, the cycle, the table and the dynamism of modern and of postmodern baroque culture for a profounder grasp, aboe all, of our contemporaneity.'--Sanford Lakoff

Introduction : why the baroque?p. 1
Historical antecedents in baroque criticism and theoryp. 17
The baroque mechanism : Jose Antonio Maravallp. 28
The baroque eon : Eugenio d'Orsp. 39
Baroque and anti-baroque : Octavio Pazp. 51
The rhetoric of baroque temporality : Paul de Manp. 59
The baroque angel of history : Walter Benjaminp. 67
The baroque thesis : Michel Foucaultp. 79
Un recit baroque : Gerard Genettep. 91
From baroque emblem to postmodern panoramagram : Yury Lotman and Jacques Derridap. 97
The baroque conspiracy : Jorge-Luis Borgesp. 111
Literature, taxonomy and 'the new world' : Severo Sarduyp. 120
The baroque return : Alejo Carpentier's Concierto Barrocop. 130
Conclusion : one or many baroques?p. 139
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ISBN: 9780826466488
ISBN-10: 0826466486
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1