Description : Victor Erlich, an eminent authority on modern Slavic culture takes up this question in Modernism and Revolution, a masterful appraisal of Russian literature during its most turbulent years
Description : "Bringing together contributions by scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe, this work deals with the literary and artistic productions of the French Second Empire and the Third Republic along with their historical ramifications. The writers and artists whose works are analyzed here sought in highly self-conscious ways to revolutionize the traditional practices of their art, at times looking to the future for their inspiration and at times seeking it in the past. This collection attempts to elucidate this experimentation and its cultural implications." "The first set of essays, under the heading "Fins-de-siecle," examines works by Huysmans, Villiers de l'isle-Adam, Jules Verne, and Rachilde. Focusing on such matters as gender, technology and its impact on aesthetico-philosophical problems, irony, and the definition of modernism, these studies point out provocative parallels between the end of the last century and those of our own so-called postmodern times." "The second group of essays derives its unity not from the study of a single genre, but from a common interest in voice and dialogue. From an analysis of the prophetic utterances that link the texts in Flaubert's Trois contes to an examination of the connections between Baudelaire's and Gautier's writings on makeup and art, each essay here underscores the importance of dialogism and context." "The last set of essays looks at the way the past is "written" by literary historians, governments, novelists, and polemicists. Focusing on such writers as Hugo, Zola, Valles, Drumont, Mery, and Gyp, the contributors lead readers to understand some of the ways in which literary reputations and linguistic classifications, anti-Semitism, and historical events can be manufactured and manipulated." "Selected from papers presented at the fifteenth annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies held at the University of New Hampshire in 1989, these essays reflect not only the broad spectrum of interests that characterizes contemporary scholarly endeavor, but also the diversity of theoretical views and critical approaches that is the hallmark of late twentieth-century scholarship."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Description : Diverse modernist poems, far from advertising a capacity to prefigure utopia or save society, understand themselves to be complicit in the unhappiness and injustice of an imperfect or fallen world. Combining analysis of technical devices and aesthetic values with broader accounts of contemporary critical debates, social contexts, and political history, this book offers a formalist argument about how these poems understand themselves and their situation, and a historicist argument about the meanings of their forms. The poetry of the canonical modernists T. S. Eliot, Mina Loy, and Wallace Stevens is placed alongside the poetry of Ford Madox Ford, better known for his novels and his criticism, and the poetry of Joseph Macleod, whose work has been largely forgotten. Focusing on the years from 1914 to 1930, the book offers a new account of a crucial moment in the history of British and American modernism.
Description : In Modernism and the Celtic Revival, Gregory Castle examines the impact of anthropology on the work of Irish Revivalists such as W. B. Yeats, John M. Synge and James Joyce. Castle argues that anthropology enabled Irish Revivalists to confront and combat British imperialism, even as these Irish writers remained ambivalently dependent on the cultural and political discourses they sought to undermine. Castle shows how Irish Modernists employed textual and rhetorical strategies first developed in anthropology to translate, reassemble and edit oral and folk-cultural material. In doing so, he claims, they confronted and undermined inherited notions of identity which Ireland, often a site of ethnographic curiosity throughout the nineteenth-century, had been subject to. Drawing on a wide range of post-colonial theory, this book should be of interest to scholars in Irish studies, post-colonial studies and Modernism.
Description : The first American surrealist poet, a prolific literary editor and a seminal influence on the New York School of poetry, Charles Henri Ford was a key figure in the transition from late modernist to postmodern culture in America. Charles Henri Ford: Between Modernism and Postmodernism is the first book-length scholarly study of this important literary figure. Drawing on new archival research – including explorations of Ford's correspondence with the likes of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Parker Tyler, and many others – the book explores the full impact of Ford's contribution to 20th-century American literary culture.
Description : Discussions of modernism and postmodernism in philosophy and the arts are usually based on a narrow reading of the Western tradition and are not conscious of the narrowness. The modern period, beginning with the European Renaissance, spawned many developments, not just the modernist one in terms of which the tradition has been read. From the standpoint of the highroad around modernism, both modernism and post-modernism look like nothing more than two late modern movements, perhaps too preoccupied with themselves and their historical place to engage a swiftly changing world containing more than the Western tradition. The Highroad Around Modernism develops and defends an explicitly non-modernist and non-postmodernist extension of modernity applicable to the problems of world-wide cultural interactions.
Description : In Culture, Modernity and Revolution a group of distinguished sociologists and social philosophers reflect upon the major concerns of Zygmunt Bauman. Their essays not only honour the man, but provide important contributions to the three interlinked themes that could be said to form the guiding threads of Bauman's life work: power, culture and modernity. Culture, Modernity and Revolution is both a remarkable sociological commentary on the problems facing East-Central Europe and an exposition of some of the key, hitherto neglected, features of the modern cultural universe.
Description : Traditionally, ideas about twentieth-century 'modernism' - whether focused on literature, music or the visual arts - have made a distinction between 'high' art and the 'popular' arts of best-selling fiction, jazz and other forms of popular music, and commercial art of one form or another. In Modernism and Popular Music, Ronald Schleifer instead shows how the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Thomas 'Fats' Waller and Billie Holiday can be considered as artistic expressions equal to those of the traditional high art practices in music and literature. Combining detailed attention to the language and aesthetics of popular music with an examination of its early twentieth-century performance and dissemination through the new technologies of the radio and phonograph, Schleifer explores the 'popularity' of popular music in order to reconsider received and seeming self-evident truths about the differences between high art and popular art and, indeed, about twentieth-century modernism altogether.