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Beginning Modernism

Beginning Modernism

Beginning Modernism

  • By: Jeff Wallace

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ISBN: 9789386243522

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2017

Pages: 328

Size: 134 x 209 mm

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


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 new modernist studies, emphasising 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.

Target Audience:

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 figures
Chapter 1: Introduction • Modernist studies past and present • Stop and think • Key terms: modernism, modernity, postmodernism • Selected reading
Chapter 2: Modernism and the visual arts • Narrating modernist art • Stop and think • Realism, the “moment” of Cubism, and abstraction • Stop and think • Impressionism and Expressionism: uses of autonomy? • Stop and think • The question of the avant-garde: Futurism, Dada, Surrealism • Stop and think • Photography: from visual art to visual culture • Selected reading
Chapter 3: History and the politics of modernism • The First World War • The Bolshevik Revolution • Stop and think • Weimar and Bauhaus • Stop and think • Empire and colonialism Technology • Fordist capitalism and consumer culture • Sex reform and gender relations • The politics of modernism ?Stop and think • Selected reading
Chapter 4: Modernist ideas • The secular • Evolution and entropy • Physics, fields and forces • Language • Stop and think • Time and space • Stop and think • Primitivism • The human subject • Selected reading
Chapter 5: Modernist spaces • Metropolis • Architecture • Stop and think • Sculpture • Selected reading
Chapter 6: Modernist poetry • Reading the modernist poem • Stop and think • Symbolism and music Imagism • Stop and think • Mina Loy and H.D. • Rereading Pound and Eliot • Beyond universalism and Eurocentrism • Selected reading
Chapter 7: Modernist fiction • The art of modernist fiction • Stop and think • The emergence of modernist fiction Stream of consciousness • Narrative time and space • The modernist novel of irony • Selected reading
Chapter 8: Performing modernism • Total art • Drama • Stop and think • Film • Stop and think • Music • Stop and think (and listen) • Dance • Selected reading
Chapter 9: Conclusion: continuing modernism • Stop and think


About the Author:

Jeff Wallace is Professor of Literature and Cultural History at Anglia Ruskin University.


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